A luxating patella diagnosis, commonly referred to as "trick knee", does not have to be the end of your dog's running days. If the condition is caught early on or is only causing mild pain, we have some treatments you can do at home to help your beloved friend to get back on his or her paws.
What is a luxating patella? In short, a luxating patella occurs when your dog's kneecap, also called a patella, becomes dislocated from its normal anatomic position, which is in the groove of their bone. When this happens, the trick knee can only be returned to normal after the dog's quadriceps muscles in its hind legs relax and lengthen.
The condition is on average caused by genetic abnormalities, or trauma to your dog's leg, and clinical signs will normally start showing around four months after birth.
If your vet diagnosed the condition as very mild, there are various steps you can take to help alleviate the condition's symptoms:
If your dog has a trick knee, you have to make sure that it follows the correct diet. Being overweight or obese puts stress on a dog's joints, which can aggravate a trick knee. Also, consider an organic or improved diet that will help its cartilage. Ask your vet for advice on any diet changes that might help.
Your dog should get plenty of exercise but should not overdo it. Short, daily walks will help your dog stay in shape, and also help keep their joints healthy, by strengthening the muscles around them.
As always, we recommend that you consult your vet about the supplements available that will help with its condition. Ask about glucosamine and Vitamin C supplements, both of which have shown promise in improving cartilage and strengthening the ligament in and around the joints.
If the condition gets any worse, it is of utmost importance that you consult your vet, seeing as leaving a luxating patella untreated can have an impact on the success of any surgery, if needed. Be sure to monitor your dog's progress, and get in touch with the vet if they continue to struggle with the condition.
If you have any questions about luxating patella, or want to find out more about our treatment options, please don't hesitate to contact us today.
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