Wisconsin Veterinary Orthopedics Offers Help For Luxating Patella in Canines

Like people, canines can develop orthopedic problems that inhibit their ability to move freely. Some animals may experience pain and dysfunction in the knee joint that prevents them from walking and running normally. At Wisconsin Veterinary Orthopedics in Holmen, WI, we provide dog knee surgery to help animals enjoy optimum movement.

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What Is A Luxating Patella?

In canine anatomy, the patella, or kneecap, is part of the stifle joint. In some animals, the patella dislocates or goes out of normal position in its groove in the joint, which can lead to lameness, pain and inability to walk. It can occur when the dog is quite young or may become a problem as the animal matures.

Canine breeds are vulnerable to developing luxating patellas, such as Cocker Spaniels, Maltese, Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers . However, large breeds of dog, such as Great Pyrenees, German Shepherds, Newfoundlands and Great Danes can also develop this knee problem.

Symptoms of a Luxating Patella

You may notice your dog skip a beat as they walk. The knee joint may lock up in an abnormal position, causing your dog to walk on 3 legs. In severe cases, the slipping from the normal position may be painful and may cause your dog to yelp. Your dog may get up from a lying position more slowly and carefully. The animal may be less inclined to go for long walks or perform very active movements.

Diagnosing Luxating Patella

The vet will give your pet a thorough examination. X-rays may be taken to see the condition of the knee joint. Fluid may also be taken from the knee joint to help diagnose the problem.

Treatment of Luxating Patella

If the animal only has occasional problems with a luxating patella, a canine knee brace and supplements may be sufficient to help the problem. However, severe cases may require dog knee surgery to strengthen the supporting structures in the joint. Several different procedures are available for this condition. Your veterinarian will determine which procedure best suits your dog’s needs.

Make Wisconsin Veterinary Orthopedics Your Choice For Dog Knee Surgery

Dr. Hein and the team at Wisconsin Veterinary Orthopedics use their many years of experience to help their patients in Holmen, WI and nearby areas achieve better mobility and relief from discomfort.

We also offer canine cruciate ligament repair. Contact Wisconsin Veterinary Orthopedics today at (608) 526-2200 to learn more about orthopedic procedures that can help your pet have a more comfortable and active life.