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Thread: At what point does a luxating patella require surgery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StillPooh View Post
    He was 3 years old when it popped out and didn't go back, and that's when he had surgery. Unfortunately in the dead of winter in Upper Michigan!
    Yikes! I can appreciate that one...I live in MI (although more in the southern region) but know that winters in the U.P. especially are BRUTAL
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    Hi Erin, so sorry to hear about Polly's knees. I would certainly seek out a specialist. I'm not positive where you are located, but Michigan Veterinary Specialist in Southfield has a couple orthopedics, and of course there is always MSU, with it's great reputation. I know when my other dog was dx'd with glaucoma, I was scared how much it would cost for a consult with an ophthalmologist, but pleasantly surprised that it was less then $200 and they confirmed my Vets findings and treatment regime. It was my Vet that wanted me to go.

    I know for humans, they say that the glucosamine works best with the chondroitin, as it serves as the delivery system. I have tried glucosamine for my knees (problems since my early 20's due to sports injuries)' and it never works as well without the chondroitin, at least for me. I have a good friend who is an orthopedic surgeon and says the he has patients that have had good results on this combo, BUT, if something is torn, broken or deformed, nothing will fix it but surgery. And what works for one, doesn't always work for all.

    Let us know what you decide? Do you have insurance on Polly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoClaire View Post
    Hi Erin, so sorry to hear about Polly's knees. I would certainly seek out a specialist. I'm not positive where you are located, but Michigan Veterinary Specialist in Southfield has a couple orthopedics, and of course there is always MSU, with it's great reputation. I know when my other dog was dx'd with glaucoma, I was scared how much it would cost for a consult with an ophthalmologist, but pleasantly surprised that it was less then $200 and they confirmed my Vets findings and treatment regime. It was my Vet that wanted me to go.

    I know for humans, they say that the glucosamine works best with the chondroitin, as it serves as the delivery system. I have tried glucosamine for my knees (problems since my early 20's due to sports injuries)' and it never works as well without the chondroitin, at least for me. I have a good friend who is an orthopedic surgeon and says the he has patients that have had good results on this combo, BUT, if something is torn, broken or deformed, nothing will fix it but surgery. And what works for one, doesn't always work for all.

    Let us know what you decide? Do you have insurance on Polly?
    Thanks! I have indeed hear of Michigan Veterinary Specialists, southfield isn't too far from me. Maybe 40-45 mins. I am near Ann Arbor. MSU always makes me apprehensive to be honest, I've heard such mixed reviews from customers at work about it. Some were happy and others very displeased (have heard people say the vets there are cold hearted, poor bedside manner etc) so who knows. I do have insurance for Polly through Pet Plan
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    Tobey- I miss you terribly my sweet boy. We will be together again

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    It's a beautiful facility, and everyone was fantastic with us. We saw the sweetest Doctor, and her assistant was so gentle and kind with our sweet blind, nearly deaf dog, who shook like a leaf the whole time, not knowing where he was. They were thorough and said to call any time with any questions I might think of after leaving (hmmm, they know me well).

    I don't know if they require a referral, but I doubt it. I have Petplan also.

    If nothing else, I'd look them up.
    Last edited by mommytoClaire; 9th August 2011 at 04:46 AM.
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