Your Experience with Luxating Patella
My 11 lb. Chihuahua mix fell about 1 1/2 weeks ago and injured her leg. I was there when she did it (jumping from one couch to the other and slipped) and know that that is what happened. The vet has determined that it is a luxating patella. Not genetic, but from injury. She is on an anti-inflammatory 2x/day and limited to leash for 1 week (no running or jumping) and then limited increase for the following week.
Poor little thing. I've seen no change since the vet visit. On occasion I can pop the patella back where it is supposed to be and she's fine. On other occasions it does it itself.
Usually it doesn't really seem to be painful to her; she will just hop when she walks or hold that leg (rear leg) up. On rare occasions she will cry out and react quickly back to her leg.
In the experiences of those of you who have had a dog with a luxating patella, have you opted for surgery? If so, with what result? Or have you simply let it be, sensing that it doesn't always cause her pain? Have you taken any other steps?
I've been reading a lot on the web about this and, of course want to do the best thing for my girl. The vet hasn't yet suggested surgery or anything beyond what I posted above. I'm just trying to think ahead and be armed with as much information as possible. Your experiences will help me.
Thanks in advance.