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Old 12-07-2009, 10:30 PM
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Question homeopathic remedies for luxating patella?

Hi everyone,
I need some advice. I took my chi to the vet today because she has been limping for the past two days. I suspect she has luxating patella and the vet confirms it. He said that she has grade two on her right and grade three on her left hind legs. He recommends surgery right away, I want to hold off on that until I know there are no other options to cure this other than surgery. Do any of you have chis that have luxating patella and cured it with homeopathic remedies? It seems to be getting worse everday, I have already popped her knee back in its place twice today. She started lifting her leg once on Saturday and twice yesterday.

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I'm not sure that homeopathy would work well on an orthopedic problem. Seems like those natural remedies work best on systemic (internal) stuff. I don't think any amount of supplement is going to help a luxating patella.

Hmmm..... the only thing I can think of that might help would be glucosamine/chondroitin but that would mainly be for after the surgery to help with mobility and stability of the joints and to help prevent arthritis. You feed raw, right? I'd definitely do a couple chicken feet a week for that extra boost of glucosamine. But I'm afraid it won't be enough to forego a surgery.

Keep us posted if you hear of anything known to help!!

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Tabitha has grade one LP on one knee. It doesn't require surgery and I have seen it improve over the past few months (no supplements or special diet). I would go with your Vet's recommendation on the surgery. It is a very painful condition for your pup; and grade 2 or 3 is probably not going to improve on it's own. I hope all goes well. Keep us posted.
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I agree with Brody's Mom, homeopathy will help heal and maintain the joint after surgery but unfortunately the only thing that's probably going to help will be surgery. However, it never hurts to have a second opionion. Is there an orthopedic vet in your area?
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Yes the one I went to was an orthopedic vet. He is the one who is pushing me to do the surgery, but I am going to seek other treatments. Tomorrow I am going to see a holistic vet to get his opinion. Surgery is not out, but it is not going to be the first. There are a lot of negatives when it comes to surgery; pain and recovery. I don't want to put her through it unless I have to.
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I'm not sure that homeopathy would work well on an orthopedic problem. Seems like those natural remedies work best on systemic (internal) stuff. I don't think any amount of supplement is going to help a luxating patella.
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I agree with Brodysmom. Natural remedies won't work on a problem such as a LP. Some natural remedies may (may) help to sooth the pain a little but apart from that I can't see them helping otherwise.

We've just found out that Fern has a LP on her left back leg. Weird thing is we didn't even know. She runs around like a Whippet and never limps or anything. The vet was doing routine checks on her when we took her in for flu like symptoms and we sure got more than we bargained for The good news is that because she is showing no signs of actually have a LP and because it's not giving her any problems we don't need to act on it. Only when/if she shows signs of distress from it do we need to take her back in, so here's hoping she will live just fine with it *crosses fingers* The vet even popped her little knee out and then back in again just to SHOW me Boy was I mad. Like I didn't believe him when he told me she had one. There was no need to actually show me Luckily she didn't seem to feel it (well she didn't show any signs anyway).

If your baby is in pain from this then I would really think about taking her back to the vet if it's possible...

Wishing her a speedy recovery from this. Give her snuggles from me and Fern xxx
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:27 PM
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There are a lot of negatives when it comes to surgery; pain and recovery. I don't want to put her through it unless I have to.
There are also a lot of positives too. The joint can be restored to good order, pain removed and the Chihuahua can live a happy life without disability.

I think complementary therapies are wonderful and we have a homeopathic vet as well as an allopathic one.

If this is a very recent thing, I'd agree with you and rest her leg, support her care with homeopathy, supplements etc. However it it continues and she is in pain, I'd seriously go for surgery.

Hope all goes well, please keep us updated.
Healing on it's way to your little one.

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this is very recent thing. I only saw her limping on saturday so I took her in on monday. She was with my boyfriend's parents for 5 days before saturday and they neglect to tell me that they saw her limping there too because she slipped a few times on their hard wood floor. When I took her into the vet's office, I did not expect him to say that she needs surgery. I was shock and the vet kept pushing. She's not in any pain. Since coming home, she still plays with the cat and running around. It is getting better though, I fed her some chicken feet. But I am still going ahead with the homeopathy first before I try surgery. I found a great lady, who cam highly recommended by my friend and some of her friends that she has cured luxating patella. So I am going to give her a try before resorting to surgery.
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