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I recently had to put Chloe my one year old Chihuahua on an arthritis medication. Her two back knees are popping in and out of place. This has me worried because if it gets any worse she will end up having to have surgery.

Does anyone else's Chihuahua have this problem???
 

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It is very, very common for chihuahuas to have luxating patellas as you have described your Chloe has. Good breeders are working hard to eliminate the problem from the breed, but many, many back yard breeders, puppy mills and otherwise, are proliferating the problem. You don't think when you buy your cute bundle of joy that a $3000 surgery is looming around the corner, and by the time the pups need it...well, we're too attached to have any real recourse.

Do you have her on a good glucosamine and chondroitin supplement? That will be helpful as well as the arthritis medication.

Most chihuahuas that have LP need the surgery. My little one wasn't genetically predisposed to LP, but she jumped a baby gate and crashed down on her knee pretty hard on the tile. She chipped bits of the knee groove off and tore a lot of soft tissue and the ligaments, so she had to have surgery on her knee. I had a specialist do it, I would never have a regular vet do the surgery. The healing period was only 4 weeks for my little one, with limited activity for 2 weeks following the 4 weeks of cage rest. It was a bit rough, she was in a lot of pain at first and she didn't like being caged at all even though she is crate trained. She is 100% back to normal now.
 

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Yes, I didn't expect her to cost me so much money! I don't want it to get to the point were she needs to have surgery, thats a scary thought!

The vet put her on Ubavet Power Meg, which has Glucosamine HCL plus Omega 3 fatty acids. I am to give her 1.5 mls every 24 hours for 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks I give her o.75 mls every 24 hours. I was also told that its not good for them to jump up and down on her back legs, but seriously how do you stop a dog from jumping especially when she has a lot of energy.

It would not be a vet doing it, they said they would have to give me a referal to an animal doctor!

Thanks for the information!
 

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Its hard to not get them to jump. I've been working on decreasing the jumping behavior in my crew, they are not pleased at all lol.
 

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Its hard to not get them to jump. I've been working on decreasing the jumping behavior in my crew, they are not pleased at all lol.
Honey jumps on and off the lounge but thats about it, should I be trying to get her not to do that? Far out I would hate for Honey to have to have that OP :(
 

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Lyra just had surgery on her back left knee because she had a grade 4 luxating patella (it wasn't popping in and out so much as just staying out all the time). The first night after surgery was really rough, but after that, she started feeling much better.

Lyra didn't have full use of that leg, but she also didn't seem to be in any pain. However, what I've read about patella surgeries is that they are most successful if performed before any arthritis sets in. So, if you are considering getting surgery for Chloe, it may be better to do it before she's experiencing much discomfort.
 

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Yup, been there. Frankie had surgery (stage 4) on right rear knee when he was 9 months old. A little rough in the beginning but he healed quickly and has had no problems.................
 

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One of ours have LP in both knees as well, grade 2 and 3. I too was worried about limiting activity at first but have stopped worrying about it after talking with other chi owners who treat LP homeopathically. A good diet, moderate exercise and supplementation can do wonders for dealing with PL and allowing your dog to lead a normal life. Surgery is not always required so don't think a PL diagnosis will automatically mean surgery.
 

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i'm taking tulula to the vets tomorrow as her back knees are very clicky, she is being seen by the main vet to see if she needs surgery she is only 16 months old.
 

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i'm taking tulula to the vets tomorrow as her back knees are very clicky, she is being seen by the main vet to see if she needs surgery she is only 16 months old.
I know from Rachel than Billy has luxating patella which is hereditary so unfortunately I wouldn't be surprised if tullulah does then if she's showing signs it's very sad and makes me very angry :(
 
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