and yes, i'm already researching online - but everything is pretty much saying surgery! At some point - i just hope not right away!!!!Oh wow. I'm so sorry. But like Brodysmom says, breathe.
There are many stages of luxating patella and right now you don't know anything, other than a general statement by the vet that she has patella issues. If I know you, you've already hit the internet to do your homework, and you're thoroughly researching this issue as we speak! So you're already finding out everything that we can tell you here, other than perhaps some anecdotal information from other members who've gone through this.
Keep us info'd, keep breathing, keep taking those baby steps as you work through this.
Wow, is it that severe? What a roller coaster. So sorry you are going through this Emily. I know there are people here who have had the surgery done and hopefully they will chime in with some helpful information. Is it just one knee or both??The vet is calling the specialist in Indy now. she might be going in for surgery tomorrow!!!!!!
oh, i agree! I feel completely rushed! But, just spent an hour talking to tim and feel a little better about it now. I have been doing research all morning (who needs to work anyway ) and the vet said she thinks it's probably stage 3, which would definitely need surgery.OK, I don't know anything about your Vet or the severity of the issue, and don't really know much about luxating patella, either. That said, do NOT rush into anything. Madi isn't dying. This issue is NOT affecting her to the point she's completely debilitated. You have time, time to do more research, time to get a second opinion, time to see if there are other alternatives. I know you care about her and want her taken care of, no more discomfort, etc., and want to be a good chi mom. I get all that. Still, there's NO HURRY! If a little more research, a second opinion, more information, presents you with other options rather than immediate surgery, or even gives you complete reassurance that you're doing the right thing by HAVING the surgery, then I urge you to take the time while you have it, while you have that option.
This all sounds so rushed and frantic (maybe it's not and I'm reading more into it) when there IS no emergency in the true sense of the word. I'm not trying to downplay your concerns or Madi's condition, not at ALL, just attempting to inject a little breathing room and time for a little more reflection and research before you jump into surgery.