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Old 02-25-2010, 11:16 PM
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Default Ms. Hannah has a few issues

I am just seeking some advice from anyone who has delt with or is currently
dealing with an older chi with luxating patellas in both of the hind legs.
Hannah was diagnosed at the vet last Sunday during an emergency visit.
We thought she had only injured her right back leg until the vet informed
us that her knee was out socket and had to be forced back in because
it wouldn't slip back on it's own. Apparently her left back knee slips in and out
on it's own too. The vet (who was excellent with Hannah)told us she also
has arthritis on her hind quarters. The Patellas is a grade 1 so it seems to be very treatable. Thus Friday at our regular vet Hannah will be starting glucosamine and chrondritin treatments to strengthen her joints and she will probably get something to help with the swelling
and discomfort she gets from the arthritis. Surgery is not recommended due to Hannah's age.

I have read everything here on the topic and pretty much all the info I could find on the internet. I guess what I am most curious about is : Those of you who own dogs with the same condition>>>Does your dog ever seem to be in any major discomfort when their knees slip and how long does it take for them to slip back on their own? Most sites say the dog feels little if any pain and that the knee will slip back into place once the swelling goes down. My husband and I were so distraught over watching Hannah limp. She just looked so upset and fustrated over it. Also Hannah's right back knee had to be popped back in because it wouldn't slip back on it's own. Has this happened to anyone's chis here?

The vet we saw said that Hannah is other wise fine and healthy. They also told us to make sure she rests every day and doesn't over do it on her legs. This struck us as funny because Hannah does less than a hamster daily. After we told the vet she spent apx 23 out of 24 hrs a day in a crate before we got her and that the most exercise she has gotten in 2 yrs or more has been with us and Jasper, the vet said this is why her condition is only now becoming apparent. She may have it for quite sometime but no one knew because Hannah kept to herself so much. I simply can't believe it. Not that we won't baby the hell out of her and she acts like a little diva with all attention we lavish upon her, but to think that her willingness to run around a bit and walk/follow us every where we go will have to be restricted when only now life is more interesting and fun for her.

Anyway, both Hannah and Jasper are going to our regular vet tomorrow...Jasper for his rabies shot and Hannah for her distemper
shot and a follow up and course of treatment for her legs.
Wish us and most especially Hannah lots of luck.
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Aw I am so sorry We will pray for you and Hannah
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Aww poor Hannah.
She is being well looked after now though by you guys.
Sending lots of love and well wisihes her way. xxx
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Thank you ladies!
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:48 PM
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Haven't dealt with this so can't advise you. But I'm so happy to see Hannah getting the very best care and I'm so glad you adopted her. She is living the life of a princess now and I'm so glad.
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personally ive never seen a PL on a dog that couldnt pop its knee back in on its own, i do know this can/does happen in some cases , all the best ur doing the right things, i went through the same reading everything on the net, watching videos of the surgery etc, altho i did opt to do surgery when her leg deteriorated and she was in apparent discomfort the glucosamine and chrondriotin suppliments really helped for Twig (and she will be on them for the rest of her life) as well as keeping her quiet and at a good weight so as to not put pressure on the knees ... all the best xx
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poor Hannah Banana
Tabitha's back knee (grade 1) popped out a lot when I first brought her home. She
could pop it back in herself (Vet demonstrated this for me). She used to yelp suddenly
when running, so I know it did hurt on occasion... but, not anymore. She has improved
just with time. Of course, she is a puppy and Hannah is an adult dog. I am very curious
to see how the glucosamine and chrondritin treatments work for her. Please keep us
posted. Sending hugs to Hannah and hoping her condition isn't too painful for her.
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Aw..poor Hannah. Thanks goodness for the great care she get from you. anyone who has seen the pictures can see how much you love those two dogs.
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