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    Unhappy Leg Advice - too late to fix??

    Hi, some of you know me on here from losing my little dog Scrappy- over on Pet Memorial. One of my other dogs Pookie is a rescue, approx 7-8 years old and has always had a luxating patella on the right leg - dumb dumb me didnt know such things could be fixed. It has never really bothered her, oh by the way she is a chihuahua/jack russell cross, but just lately when she gets up in the morning and when she settles in the evening she is kicking out her legs from time to time, this does not happen every day, maybe once or twice a week, Im very concerned she may have arthritis in the luxating leg and the 'good' leg that has always had to support the other leg.

    Is it worth her having an operation to fix it at her age. She is on a diet to lose more weight, and Ive cut all carbs out of her diet (supposed to help with arthritis) her diet is cooked beef, cooked chicken, veg, salmon, sardines, occasional egg etc, and she is on Sashas blend and fish oil.

    SOrry, my question is, is it too late to fix the luxating patella? What experience have other people had with this problem?

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    aaa 056.jpgaab 064.jpgPictures of Pookie

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    My girl Tess had this problem and at her age they didn't want to operate. However they did give her these injections (3 over 3 weeks or something ) then they said it should last 6 months. Before the shots she was kicking out all the time in discomfort but after the inj ( can't remember what it was called sorry but I'm sure ur vet would know) she never showed any sign of pain in legs since then and lived for about 2 years after that and only ever had one course

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    Thanks Tessalyon I think I know what you mean, my sisters dog Pippa, (whippet cross) is on those, she has had them every three months or so and has had them a few times now, and they have done her a lot of good, I think they are called Cartrophen injections, or something like that, Im not sure.
    Yeah we may have to go down that route, dont really want her to have an op if there are any other options. I guess it will soon be vet visit time.......: (

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    Yep that's what it was called

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    7-8 is still youngish for a little dog. My friend had a Jack Russel that lived to 21. I dont know too much about luxating patellas but it would be worth getting a referral to a spcialist vet I would think to get their opinion. Then you can do some more research before you make any decisions. I found the Yahoo orthodogs group is good for specific orthopedic information. I had surgery on my dogs cruciate when she was 7 and it was the best thing I could have done for her. She is now 11 with no sign of any problems and comes running with me when I ride my bike.

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    Jodi (nearly 3) had an op for this, $1500 cost.
    I would be asking your vet's advice regarding the age factor.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Thank you all for your advice, Ill read up on the net and take a trip to my vets - Ballajura in WA- great people, and keep you all posted, Vanessa : )

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