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Hey peeps,

So I thought Bijoux was getting better, but this morning she was no longer improving so she has a vet appointment for Friday morning. I took the video because I know the moment I take her to the vet she will freak and I don't know if she will display the symptoms for her.

This is a video of her limping -sorry for the chatter, I'm anxious- If anyone has any idea's what you think it might be? I thought it was a pulled muscle at first but now I don't think that's it.
 

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That looks like a classic luxating patella to me. Especially the way it pops out. You are doing the right thing by taking her in.
 

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Thanks Tracey do you think she will need surgery? Does this look bad to you? I know she isn't old enough for surgery but I can't stand the idea of her being in pain : (
 

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Thanks Tracey do you think she will need surgery? Does this look bad to you? I know she isn't old enough for surgery but I can't stand the idea of her being in pain : (
I don't know if she'll need surgery. See what your vet thinks. I'd certainly be conservative and try supplements first.... glucosamine/chondroitin, fish oil, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, green lipped mussel are all good places to start. Also keep her thin. She looks in great condition in the video, but don't let her gain weight. At all.

I wouldn't do surgery unless/until she was not bearing weight or she was in pain. Most dogs with low level patella luxation can do fine with supplements and sometimes, with growth and conservative management, the LP can improve.

So don't panic. :) It's possible it's not even LP! See what the vet says. Then cross that bridge when you come to it.
 

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I don't know if she'll need surgery. See what your vet thinks. I'd certainly be conservative and try supplements first.... glucosamine/chondroitin, fish oil, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, green lipped mussel are all good places to start. Also keep her thin. She looks in great condition in the video, but don't let her gain weight. At all.

I wouldn't do surgery unless/until she was not bearing weight or she was in pain. Most dogs with low level patella luxation can do fine with supplements and sometimes, with growth and conservative management, the LP can improve.

So don't panic. :) It's possible it's not even LP! See what the vet says. Then cross that bridge when you come to it.
Thank you I feel much better now that I have an idea of what it could be. If the diagnosis is confirmed LP I'll be starting her on the supplements. I agree with you I would much prefer a less invasive and even holistic approach if possible.
 

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it either looks like Luxating Patella or possibly legg-calve perthes disease.
I wondered that too as it looks like her hips are really narrow/shallow.

Let us know what the vet says Friday! I hope we are wrong. :)
 

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legg-calve perthes,I was thinking that too and I really hoped I wouldn't hear you say that : ( It fits her symptoms perfectly though especially since she is only 10 months old and showing the symptoms.That's only from my internet search so I thought I just didn't know enough, good thing she goes in soon.

Isn't the recovery from that surgery pretty extensive.. like up tp a year? She's so young, to have her go through this..

I hope your wrong too...
 

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Your vet will do a hip x-ray to rule out legg calve perthes. I've heard that surgery is actually less extensive than some of the patella surgeries. They basically amputate the head of the femur and make an artificial joint. The dogs can recover pretty quickly from it. Some patella surgeries are a lot more complicated than that.

Either way, I hope we are wrong and she just pulled a muscle. ;)
 

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I fostered a chi mix with LCP disease in the past. She was about 9 months old when she began limping; we ended up having the "femoral head ostectomy" when she was 11 months. We found a vet a few states away who performed the operation (this is including pre-op xrays, etc.) for under $400. It was worth the drive as we'd gotten quotes from nearby vets in the $1000 area which we wouldn't have been able to swing. But the operation itself was pretty simple; they just remove the head of the femur and an artificial joint forms with the scar tissue as the dog heals. The recovery was the tough part; as we had to restrict her activity majorly the first two weeks and still leash-walks etc. for a few months. But it worked, I'm still in touch with her new mom on FB and you wouldn't know she had anything done.
 

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There's a dog near me who had the LCP op she's similar age, she was poorly bred, my vet did the operation it was £4000 and my vet is cheap but was 6 weeks crate rest. She's now running around like a lunatic again.

Honestly I would just get her checked up? She will be
X rayed as Tracy said and then you will
Know from there.

Inform her breeder both conditions are hereditary
 

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That is EXACTLY what Lulu was doing. Sometimes a limp, sometimes a hop. But most definitely the patella coming in/out. I'd say she's a grade 2 or 3. One thing I would NOT let your vet talk you in to is having the surgery done until she's FULLY grown (18m-2yr) & then have it done by a specialist if it's done at all. I'd do what is recommended by Tracy with the supplements & keeping her thin & also keeping her as quiet as possible. No free running out side, encourage her to use stairs & not jump on/off furniture, etc.

She is such a pretty girl though. :)
 

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Thank you very much for the advice everyone. I guess we will have to wait and see on Friday I will update you all as soon as I get back..something tells me I'll be picking up extra shifts at work
 
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