need advice re: surgery to correct Patellar Luxation
Our 2 year old CKCS, Jack Sprat, has been diagnosed with grade 3 Patellar Luxation in both hind legs. We have seen two different orthopedic specialists, both agree he is not in pain; however, they had two very different treatment suggestions. The first vet said that we should do nothing unless he is in pain as he has seen many small dogs do fine with this condition their whole lives. Just to be sure we exercise him to keep his quad strong the pressure off his knees. The second vet said that we should do the surgery now because the condition will worsen and become painful and the sooner we correct it the better the results. I donít want to put him under the knife unnecessarily, but I donít want to miss the window to keep him comfortable either. Any suggestions??? I should also mention that Jack has SM.
Mary Ann (Jack Sprat's mom)