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Tips on a luxating patella

Hello everyone! I'm the mom to a 6 year old pomeranian whose recently been feeling the effects of a luxating patella.

I was just wondering if anyone could give me tips on how to deal with his luxating patella. When he was a baby, he sometimes lifted his leg from time to time (probably one every week or two for about five minutes) but the problem has been getting pretty serious within the last six months. He's about a 2/3 out of a scale of 5, which means he's able to walk and run on his legs when we go outside to play but usually when he's home he hops along on three legs and struggles a bit getting up from a laying position or going up the stairs. He doesn't yelp in pain or seem in much discomfort besides just being frustrated with his hindrance of mobility.

I talked to my vet about my options and he's strongly opposed to surgery since he thinks it's unnecessary at this stage. He said it's not that bad and gave me Cosequin DS glucosamine supplements to feed him. I see an improvement in his comfort level but he's not lifting his leg any less than before.

Any advice would be great! I'm a bit apprehensive to surgery since I've read about how it's not a guarantee and the long recovery time is stressful for the dogs. I'm actually more interested in vitamin supplements which can work at helping prevent any further damage. Should I incorporate anymore glucosamine into his diet (he's currently at 500mg)? Additionally I've seem suggestions online about Rimidyl or Standard Process brand Ligaplex II. I'm concerned about his joint health as well as preventing arthritis.

And lastly, I think his weight is making matters worse! My vet told me that I needed to help him lose three pounds, which we're working on (he's a big boy, about 15 now. Definitely not a teacup). He's lost about 1/2 a pound since August, which is good but would losing more weight helping his patella?

Thanks for your help! Here are some pictures :)

pancake, lol

back when he was so tiny! He grew out of that green collar FAST.


:[ I have no good advice but I'm so sorry to hear this. When you mean lifting his leg, do you mean like, just sort of holding it up as opposed to the way they lift their legs to pee on stuff right? Steve does this from time to time and it really worries me as he's only 2. His vet says he has slippy kneecaps that will probably get pretty bad as he ages which makes me anxious.

Anyway he's absolutely adorable and I love his foxy face!
My pom lifts her legs like that at times, and since she's only three I decided to start supplementing her food with a glucosamine/condroitin liquid vitamin. I haven't noticed her lifting her legs since then...

Might be worth a try...

Oh, and he's ADORABLE!!
My dog loves her stairs, so I hate to say it but... it might be better for him to no longer have access to the stairs. Put up a baby gate, preferably one with a little door for the humans and just carry him up and down the stairs when necessary. We keep Daisy confined to two rooms at a time and as long as we don't keep her out of rooms we're in, she doesn't mind the limited access.

Daisy has had minor luxating patella problems over the years and everytime it's popped up our vet has recommended no stairs because even for a larger Pom (I also have a 15 pounder) human stairs are an athletic event.

Also, even if he wants to walk and run, try to limit his activity when he's limping. Dogs are much tougher than humans and they'll try to soldier on despite the pain where a human would take it easy. He might not like being cooped up, but it's better for him in the long run. My dog went nuts last time she had a limp and I had to just ignore her. My husband was also unhappy that we weren't going on long walks anymore!

I know nothing about vitamins, sorry. And, I love the shot of him on his ENORMOUS bed. Do you also have a large dog, or are you just a nice owner?
1] He is adorable! ♥

2] I agree with a chondroitin/glucosamine joint supplement. You can give them regular human-grade stuff from the store or get chewables for dogs at the pet store. I get chewables for mine by Nutri-Vet from PetSmart. A huge benefit of this is that patellar luxation causes arthritis [it's a guarantee, not just a risk] and supplements will slow down the progression of that.

3] After a while he'll likely need surgery. You might want to consider consulting with a specialist on how much time you can let go by before you take the leap for something like that and discuss costs [I was quoted $2,600 per leg for my pup].

Good luck. :)


Losing weight will definitely help his knee by putting less stress on it.

Rimadyl has a lot of negative consequences like organ damage and failure when used long term. Since he's only 6, once you start it you'll be on it long term. I hate Rimadyl.

A Gluco/Chondroitin supplement is helpful, as well as treats with the same supplements. They work like vitamin C, you can't overdose it, your body just flushes out what you don't need.

There is an amazing herbal supplement called DGP, stands for Dog Gone Pain. http://www.doggonepain.com/ For our little dogs it isn't expensive. It'll be about half a pill a day, so a bottle will cost you about $40 and last you two months.

Another supplement by the brand In Clover has added herbs to help the absorption of gluco/con. http://inclover.com/

If you aren't giving him a probiotic, you should add one. It is bacteria that helps break down food and supplements during digestion, but also helps the body absorb and use those nutrients, so it will aide in the administration of your supplements.

You might want to think about switching to a high quality senior food. Ignore the word "Senior" because that isn't even an AAFCO approved term to label and sell dog food. "Senior" foods have lower protein, lower fat, and generally have added gluco, chondriotin, and probiotics, and sometimes even prebiotics, which help the probiotics colonize.