Hi, I'm brand new to this board and I'm writing to you in a panic. My beloved Opie, a 4 year old wonderful chi, is having a severe attack of his knee problems tonight. When he was less than a year old I noticed he was sometimes walking a little funny. His vet at the time told me about the common patella problems and said it didn't look too severe and Opie would learn to adjust. The vet died and last year I took him to a new fellow who immediately scooped Opie up and told me he needed surgery immediately on both back legs. Because there is no facility here in Florence that would do such a surgery I would have to take him out of town and that hospital quoted $1,000 per leg, 2 months of recovery where he would have to stay off his feet and be carried around, and no guarantee of correction. I work three jobs and I would work four for the money to help Opie if i thought it really would. They told me he needed to lose weight (he's 10 pounds, deer leg, larger dog). They also told me to give him 1/4 baby aspirin every day and 1/4 tablet of glucosemine. This has been helping tremendously but tonight, Opie got up and fell off his chair. Now he is hopping on three legs and I'm hysterical. I gave him 1/2 of a pain pill the vet had prescribed and right now he's asleep on a heating pad. I don't mean to have you rehash history others on this board may already know, but is there anyone out there with experience with this. How can I help Opie? Thank you. I don't know where to turn.