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    I just received a message today from Sonny's sister's owner that his sister has a luxating patella on both of her back legs. I feel so sad for her, she is only 11 months old... I am also concerned about what this means for Sonny.

    I knew that cavaliers are prone to luxating patellas, but I didn't realize that they can get them so young. I thought that they usually got them when they are older.

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    There is an article about luxating patellas at http://cavalierhealth.org/patellas.htm It is not an old dog's disorder, but in some cases it can be so mild that only wear and tear with age will cause the dog serioius problems. It can be detected in puppies as young as 6 to 8 weeks old. But all cavaliers should be re-examined periodically, ideally annually with the rest of an annual physical examination.
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    I am sorry about your pups sister. Like Rod said there are different degrees of luxation. The owner should have her dog evaluated by a ortho vet. I have a boston terrier that has a grade 1 luxating patella. She runs and jumps like all normal dogs occasionally she will hop after a run and stretch out her leg to re-align the knee herself. She might get worse as she ages because she is so active but a calm dog may not get worse. I can't remember what age I noticed the knee but my boston was young as well, less than a year old. She is 4 now.

    This is why buying from health tested parents are so important. My boston terrier was an impulse buy. Her parents were just pets that the owners decided to breed. No health testing at all.

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    She is stage 2 in both of the back legs. I think they are trying her on anti-inflammatory meds first, but the vet seemed to think she was going to need surgery in both legs. They said she is so sad and seems confused that she can't run around like usual and that she keeps having pain. We were supposed to get all of the siblings together for their 1rst birthday in a couple of weeks, but it looks like she can't come now because they are worried she would be running and jumping about too much with her brothers.

    I really thought that I did my research when I bought Sonny, but I realize now, mostly because of this website that there were soooooo many things that I didn't know. I thought that both of his parents had been cleared for no knee problems, but now I realize the difference between being OFA certified and just cleared by the vet. I would never ever trade Sonny for another puppy, but I am glad I now have more awareness and can direct others to this site before they purchase a puppy, so that they really know everything they should be asking and checking for when looking for a puppy.

    I am thinking about talking to my vet about Glucosamine Chondroitin supplements for Sonny to maybe help with prevention...

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    Just to say my Ebony had Grade 4 luxating patellar on one leg (My old vet left it far too long) but she was running around like nothing was wrong with her. I know every dog is different and once she had the operation the physio at the hydro remarked that Ebony has a high pain threshold. My Ebony has 7 brothers & sisters and none of them have it.
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    A tip I was given by a vet many years ago was to walk the dog 'up' small hills. It worked for my ruby boy, he had slipping patellas in both legs and was just a puppy. I spent time following this advice choosing a small but steep hill and lead walked the dog up this hill several times a day, it strengthened his muscles and ligaments holding the kneecap in place and he never needed the operation. However, not every dog is the same or has the same degree of luxation, but for me it was a success.

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