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    My 8 year old Westie is not putting any weight on one of his rear legs. In August he had surgery for a luxating patella which seemed successful, however in the last few days he is not walking on it.
    The vet has given him 6 days worth of anti inflammatory drugs, which has helped a bit but not much. His next suggestion is surgery to see if the knee cap has gone again, or if it is the muscle behind the knee causing the problem.
    The thing is, to find out what the problem is he needs more xrays, and an anesthetic which will be expensive.
    He already has cartrophen every six months.
    We have already spent thousands on him over his lifetime with allergies, the removal of his hip ball and luxating patella on his other leg. Im just not sure when enough is enough.
    He is eating, seems happy enough and does not seem to be in any pain.
    I would appreciate any suggestions.
    rmdgott

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    Said to hear & I friend has been through simalar with her Westie.
    I hear of alot about Westies with skin problems & slipping joints these days which is sad as they where once a good hardy wash & wear type breed with mim health problems.
    The lifespan seems very shorten also with many not making 10yrs when they should be around well into their teens.
    I really have no advise for you other than you will know when enough is enough & no one else can really advise you on that especaily without knowing the dog or situation personally.
    Good luck & I am terribly sorry to hear this dogs whole life has been such a struggle due to bad breeding resulting in poor health. Not your fault either & I am sure your've done your upmost to keep him comfortable & happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    Said to hear & I friend has been through simalar with her Westie.
    I hear of alot about Westies with skin problems & slipping joints these days which is sad as they where once a good hardy wash & wear type breed with mim health problems.
    Good luck & I am terribly sorry to hear this dogs whole life has been such a struggle due to bad breeding resulting in poor health. Not your fault either & I am sure your've done your upmost to keep him comfortable & happy.
    Yes unfortunately this is happening more and more often. My orthovet says these sorts of problems are becoming epeidemics from poor breeding practices. I have had 2 ACDS with elbow dysplasia also supposedly a hardy breed and spent thousands and a friend of my recently had to put down a small westie type crossbred to very bad hip dysplasia. Crazy dog is right about the skin problems in Westies!

    I have no advice except that I understand the situation you are in and there comes a time where you will have to decide when your dog is not having a quality of life.

    If he seems happy I would continue to do give a cartrophen shot once every 3 months (I do with my elbow dysplastic dog) and give him pain meds as required. It is not ideal but dogs can manage on 3 legs. You have to make that decision about how much more you spend on him. Do you have anywhere that you can swim him? I bought one of those small pools from the supermarket so I can swim my dog. You dont need anything too big for a westie, really helps their muscle tone.


    Good luck, it is a horrible position to be in and you have obviously taken good care of him with all his problems

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    Kalacreeks pool idea is a great 1 as the stronger the muslces surronding the joint the better they manage.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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