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Old 11-01-2015, 02:20 AM
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Hi everyone I have an almost 6 month old female chihuahua named Paislee. Two vets have told me that P has a level 4 luxating patella. They say she needs surgery to correct it which I am totally fine with doing and paying for but my concern is if the surgery does not work. I don't want her to go threw multiple surgeries if she does not need to. Just wondering if anyone has ever gone threw this with such a young puppy.

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I got her at 6 weeks old from a friend that got her but could not care for her. She is lifted on and off everything never allowed to jump. She is on Orijen puppy food with Honest Kitchen wet. Starting glucosamine today.
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Old 11-01-2015, 02:55 AM
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I have 2 year old with grade 4 in one back leg. I've know since she was one. My vet checked her over and came to the conclusion that she doesn't need surgery. He explained to me that she shows no sign of pain. She lifts it up once in a while, but she's back to walking normal in a few. He said that he would only consider surgery if she was in pain and it was affecting her on a daily basis. Is it both back legs?
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It's only in her left leg. Her foot turns in when she does stand on it sometimes she picks it up and sometimes drags it behind her. Both vets say she is in pain and the pain will just get worse and P gets older
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On Dr said to maybe consider amputation
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:14 AM
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Her foot turns in? LP has to do with the knee cap. Grade 4 means that the knee cap is floating. I have never heard of a dogs foot turning in from LP or having to be amputated. I'm sorry I can't help more. LP surgery has a 90% success rate to correct the knee cap, cartilage, and damaged muscle around the knee.
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:15 AM
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Oh Ye Gods---amputation???!!! I'd do the regular surgery first. If she is in pain, limping etc, then I would go ahead with the surgery. I've had 3-4 chihuahuas that have had that surgery, and all did well with it. Recovery is a real problem. I'd get an Iris pen and confine her in that for most of the time. No jumping, running, or climbing. No stairs. The bandage is like a cast and stays on for about 10 days and then it is off for the stitches to come off. The dog feels really good then---restrictions are for about 6 weeks. I got a blow up rubber like inner tube that the dog wore instead of a regular plastic 'cone'. Much more comfortable and it worked. Got it at PetSmart.
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Sorry I have no advise or input, as I don't know much about this. I just want to wish both "P" and you well no matter what you decide and it's great to hear you also got a 2nd opinion from another vet.
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Hi, my Bella had her grade 4 LP operated on when she was a year old, it was the best decision we ever made for her. Recovery was tough but worth all the effort put in. Bella still has a slightly turned in foot even after surgery but it does not bother her at all and makes no difference to her gait. I would run a mile from the vet who suggested amputation, I cannot believe they even suggested that. Good luck whatever you decide.
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