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Well, our girl has grown and has learned to jump up on things with ease, instead of pawing her way to either be lifted to the top by one of us, or climbing up on her own. She can now get up with one swift jump.

Yesterday however she went to jump up on the couch and I don't know, maybe she missed a step and she let out a little yelp and stumbled on her side..then started limping on her back leg. I got her and rubbed her a bit on her thigh and butt and 2 minutes later she was fine, running around with her little yellow ball with no limping. A few hours later, just walking around, she yelped again and limped...I did the same thing, she was fine again.

She no longer jumps onto things since then (I guess she is afraid) but a few times a day she will limp if she moves the wrong way..I will massage it and then shes right as rain.

Maybe she pulled a muscle or maybe it is symptoms of something more serious going on that maybe came to surface from this little stumble? Most of the day she is fine but in the last 24 hours this happened maybe 4 times total. She doesnt seem to be in any pain and bounces around like her usual self.

Any similar situation with other chi? I think I should take her to her vet, but I thought to ask at the forum first. I dont mean to be scrooge-like, but times are hard and our vet likes to show no mercy...:confused:
 

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I don't have any advice but I hope she's ok and is back to her normal self soon xox
Thank you! You are very sweet. She seems fine till she makes some move that irritates whatever is going on. Hugs to Mylo..can't wait for your soon to be baby girl!
 

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Maybe she pulled a muscle or something and it's fine until she moves in a certain way? Hopefully someone here can give you some good advice. Thanks. Me too! I can't wait to see them interact! I hope they get on quickly. Mylo sends his kisses!
 

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It might just be a pulled muscle but if you go to the vet let her get checked for Patella Luxation.

Hope she is going to be fine soon.
Thank you!! I just read about Patella Luxation and she seems to have those symptoms. I know it has only been a day but she has the exact same. She will not jump up on anything at all today. We have a little step for her but she always jumped over it ever since she learned to go up on her own.

Vet will be unavoidable it seems. I would rather find out now in early stages, if this is what it is, rather than to find out down the line that we could have done something about it and did not. Thanks for the tip.
 

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Aww poor baby :(
A while ago my Gucci did a similar thing, he was jumping around as usual, then he started yelping, but because it went on for a few minutes I rushed to the vets.
They couldn't find anything wrong but their theories were a) he may have dislocated a joint, but it went back into place by itself before I got to the vets b) he hurt his muscles, but the spasms are gone 3) he has indigestion (??! don't ask me why ??!!)

We ended up with a prescription for metacam and some indigestion remedy
He was fine though afterwards
 

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If you think it could be patella luxation (as all the symptoms are the same) then I would advice you to straight go to a specialist rather than your normal vet as normal vets usually don't know that much about PL and the grades. (my vet told me Rocky would need surgery and when I went to the specialist he said he shouldn't get surgery)
 

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I'm willing to bed it's a luxating patella. :( Your pup is at the age where it becomes evident. I would stop any jumping on/off furniture, make sure she stays at the thinnest healthy weight possible & get her on glucosamine at least.

I'm sorry--and I hope I'm wrong. I went there with my first girl I had bought for show. Was a devistating experience for me as a pet owner going to show/exhibitor/breeder as I could not keep her but my heart wanted to so badly. I know she went to an amazing home & is living a wonderful life & going to her nurse moms patients daily to help heal THEM but it certainly makes me that much more determined to breed healthy Chi's because I do not want ANYONE to go through what my heart did even with just seeing a healthy pup go lame at such a young age. Saying that, she has not needed to have the surgery so far. They keep her thin & don't let her overexert & so far so good. She is still young though (1.5yo) so who knows what the future will hold for her.

Good luck to you & your girl. I hope it's just a sprain/strain & not LP. Do keep us posted on her though.
 

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Mchis that was nice of you to share your story. It's so hard to know the right decision when things like this come up.
I need to read up on this, is it something that can be avoided with breeding or is it a roll of the dice because its in the breed, a risk at any time? Although I plan to carry my Chi everywhere (ha! Kidding) it would be so hard to see it in random OUCH!! Pain like that.


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My pet chi and my first dog I put a championship title on both have luxating patellas. I got surgery on my pet chi on the leg that had traumatic luxation (she jumped a baby gate when she was 14 months old and landed on her knee on tile, chipping the groove off and fracturing the patella), but by 3 or so, her other leg started to luxate. Since she has a good leg (the "bionic" one from surgery) I probably will leave the other one alone. On my first champion - well, he's fine right now so I don't see any reason to put him through surgery. But if I do, you can bet your bottom dollar I will have a specialist do him even though my vet claims she can do it just fine.
 

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Hopefully you have not bred either of these dogs! This is a condition that is pandemic (all over) chihuahuas and toy dogs. Most insurance companies do not cover this surgery. I have had 4 chi's and 3 have had the surgery. One of these is from a 'wonderful' breeder! NOT! I have a 7 month old that really does come from a good breeder, so we shall see.
 

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Bella has grade 4 LP, she does not limp. Many LP dogs DO limp. But limping can
also occur from a number of injuries, minor to major. Do not worry yourself silly
right now, it won't do any good. Get your baby girl checked out and go from there.

Give her a big kiss from me.
 

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Lyra had a grade 4 LP and a grade 1 LP in her other back leg. We opted to have the grade 4 surgically corrected. Not all luxating patellas require surgery, though if it's going to be done, my understanding is that sooner is better than later.

Since she fell, fingers crossed that it's just a strain. Maybe putting a warm compress on the leg a few times a day will help, if that's the case?
 
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