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Old 12-27-2012, 11:56 AM
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I have a strong inkling that my little Tia might have luxating patella in both legs. Most probably hereditary. She's walked funny since a puppy but shows no sign of pain. The only way I can describe her walk is like that of a staffie (kinda bow legged) she walks nothing like Roxy. We're just waiting for her insurance to kick in before taking her to the vets for a proper diagnosis (don't want any existing problems on her file before then). Anyone with a chi thats suffers from this any advice or idea if what Im describing could be LP would be great.
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The bow legged walk can be a sign of LP. It's basically the knees resting out of the joint. Some dogs are born this way and never know anything's wrong with them; others will start lifting a leg when walking or running but show no other signs. Is there anywhere you can go to have her looked at that won't be on file? A skilled vet will be able to tell just by feeling the legs if it's LP. Granted an x-ray will be necessary to confirm before any surgery, but LP's have a distinct feel that most vets can recognize. That said, many pet insurances don't cover LP so make sure to check. Good luck Emma and keep us posted on Tia! <3
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Hello, we have one little one with LP in both back legs. It doesn't bother him but it bothers us to watch him walk. The vet has asked us to monitor as they don't want to intervene too early if it's not causing discomfort. I know of a chi who had the same and had surgery on both (at different times). He now walks perfectly and you'd never know he'd had surgery. Don't worry too much, just speak with the vet and take the advice you're given xxx
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Hi, My Bella had LP surgery earlier this year and her leg had a very bowed appearance in the weeks leading up to surgery, prior to this she had straight legs. If Tia is showing no signs of pain I would certainly think twice before putting her through surgery. Tia's bowed appearance may just be normal for her. I made the decision because Bella was not weight bearing at all. Who are you insured with ? We are with the PDSA and they paid in full for her surgery they were brilliant. If she does eventually have to have surgery do not be too afraid as looking back it wasn't as bad as we imagined.
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