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Old 01-02-2018, 06:13 AM
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Hello everyone, I posted this before but didnít get any replies so I figure Iíll just post it again and hope one of you can help me out a bit with some advice! My chihuahua is just a year and a half old but sheís already been diagnosed with a luxating patella in her both back legs. She is a super energetic girl and loves to play, but sometimes she picks up a back leg (usually her right) and will walk or run on three legs. The vet told us sheís not in any pain and her condition is Grade 1 but still it breaks my heart to see when she jumps around on 3 legs though she doesnít seem to mind at all lol anyway, the vet said she wouldnít consider surgery until Lexie was older and her condition was more developed. Iím not sure Iíd really want to do it since itís very invasive and she is a tiny little 3 pound girl. Basically I just wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions for what I could do to help her strengthen her knees and try to halt any worsening of her condition? Sheís taking joint supplements now but I havenít seen any benefit yet... Is this something that she could possible live with as long as we give her the correct care and treatment? Anything helps, thanks!
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:33 PM
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Hi, I have no advice or suggestions as I don't know anything about luxating patella. But hopefully someone will see this and have advice.
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I would just watch and wait. You are already giving joint supplements. The only other thing is physical therapy. Yes they have them for dogs! I went when one of my chi's had a stiff knee after failed surgery for a recurrent knee problem. It started out with the dog not putting any weight on the leg, to her using the leg with a swing motion. They had her walking on a treadmill that was under water!

Yes she can live with this condition, but arthritis may set in. As long as she is not in pain, I'd wait.
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Thank you so much Susan! I will look into it!
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Both my chis also have luxating patella in both back legs (they've had it since they were puppies). Unfortunately it's quite common in chihuahuas. :/ Thankfully mine aren't in pain either, but I worry about it getting worse in the future too. Judging by everything I read, this is the advice I (try to) follow:

1) Regular exercise and walks every day to keep the muscles/joints healthy and strong. I try to take my chis for a 1 hour walk every day and it helps a lot. I noticed whenever I slack they start hopping more. Some exercises that help are walking up and down hills (or walking up stairs), swimming and getting them to stand up from a sitting position over and over.

2) Keep your chi at a healthy weight. So many chis (especially if free fed) end up overweight as they get older and the stress it puts on their knees can make the LP worse.

3) Feed a high quality food (preferably grain free).

4) On top of supplements, you can feed chew treats that are high in glucosamine and chondroitin. Like beef trachea, rabbit ears, chicken feet, etc. Some say homemade bone broth is good too. I make a batch for my chis from time to time.

5) Physical therapy (hydrotherapy). Not everyone can afford that though... but there are youtube videos that show how to do it at home in a bath, large sink or children pool. I still haven't tried it, but I plan to! hehe
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Im in the same boat. I just adopted my 10 year old senior Chihuahua last August (2017) and she stands on three legs when she eats or goes outside to the potty. As of last week, its been super hard for her to get up in the morning without her joints locking up or going lame on her. Shes been tumbling out of her bed just to go to the peepad, also even standing to eat is so hard that she will tip over sometimes so we gently help hold her up so she can eat. From what I've been researching it sounds like she has bad arthritis or luxating patella. I made an appointment for her to see a specialist this week. If she needs to have surgery, I will do what I can to make her better, but Im not sure if shes even a right candidate as two weeks ago she started collapsing and was rushed to Emergency. We were referered to Cardiologist who diagnosed her with pulmonary hypertension and shes been on 2 medications (will need for the rest of her life)

She's so tiny (3.9 lbs) and fragile it scares me. Although we've only had her for 5 months, we love her so much. This little tiny old dog is the sweetest, and quietest soul it kills me to think of losing her too soon. The 1st week we brought her home from the shelter, she had to get spayed,10 teeth removed, bad infection taken care of. She was in so much pain and screamed when she moved around, or tried to crawl in our laps my husband was so upset with me for putting her through it. Im scared if she needs the LP, it will be excruciating for her.

Anyhow, we changed her food to Nature's Recipe (Homestyle) Easy Digesting wet food,
bought glucosamine granules to put in her food, and even researching CBD oils to help ease her pain. A few of our friends use CBD oils as a holistic medicine and its working great.

The below is our sweet Poppy



The below picture is the 1st time I saw her shelter listing and knew I was bringing her home
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