Post # 1
Last week, we were outside with the neighbours in the evening, having drinks, and tossing the frisbee around for our Boston Terrier Petunia (gratuitous pet pic)
She must have landed wrong during one of her catches… long story short she now has a luxating patella (her knee cap pops in and out of place). It’s considered mild, and the vet hopes that with anti-inflammatories and supplements it might possibly rectify itself, but this really limits her activity level. She adores her frisbee, leaping into the lake for her chuck-it, tearing around the dog park… we had even hoped to get her into amateur agility… sigh.
She’s just a year old, and now she potentially has this life long issue. She’s looking at arthritis, surgery down the road, and I’m afraid I’ll always be fighting with her to keep her still/quiet.
I feel like such a bad dog mom 🙁
Tell me your booboos that got better please 🙂
Post # 3
Luxating patellas are SUPER common, I am told. Dont beat yourself up about this.
Post # 4
Awww you’re not a bad dog mom at all – accidents happen!
A few months after I got her, I accidently shut Bailey’s tail in a door and it caused some muscle injury/tearing. I felt like the worst person in the entire world (I was literally sitting in the vet waiting room sobbing hysterically, picture that) but the vet assured me it would be ok.
She’s fine now, even if her tail has a slight crook in it (I think it’s cute) that you can’t even see because of all the hair. It just looks like a happy dog tail!
Post # 5
You’re not a bad dog mom at all!
My border collie at only a few months old decided to fly off our porch (surgery and stitches needed) instead of using the stairs, I felt terrible but they would be miserable if you put them in a bubble. She now goes swimming, hiking, and has learned to do backflips with her soccer ball and loves live so much. I could take that all away from her to keep her safe but she’d be miserable, not to say that you should put them in a bad situation.
Just think if it was a kid, would you keep them in a bubble to they never got hurt, or enjoy life while still being safe but the possibility of someday getting injured. I broke quite a number of bones as a kid, and it wasn’t because my mom was a bad mom, and had a great childhood.
Arthtitis becomes an issue when the dog is left untreated and the break heals incorrectly. Just follow the vets guidance and she should be fine.
Post # 6
Omg! I just LOOOOOVE boston terriers! She is sooooo cute!
I have a boston, and I can tell you, they will often push themselves too far when playing. They just love it so much! You are definitely not a bad boston mamma. My Bella has hurt her back before from playing a little too roughly. I was worried it would be a life long issue, but with some rest (and pain meds) she healed right up. Just make sure to MAKE her take it easy for a long while. Even when she seems like she is all better.
Post # 7
Just relax, if it’s lowgrade it shouldn’t be a big issue. Our boy has them in both knees, but the vet isn’t worried as its not causing an issue (yet). He was actually diagnosed with it when we got X-rays for hip dyplasia (which he also has) around a year old. He’ll be 3 in September and has had FHOs on both hips, but his knees haven’t been an issue.
You will just need to watch if it happens again. Hopefully it won’t, but at least next time you will know what it is,
Post # 8
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Just wanted to chime in and say that you are NOT a bad puppy mama for this! It sounds like she was just having fun; these things happen 🙂
Also, Petunia is adorable!!
Post # 9
@MissNoodles: So my puppy had a stage 3/4 bilateral luxated patella she was about 6 months old at the time.
In Florida there is a “lemon law” so to speak for dogs under 1 year if they have hereditary problems the breeder is required to refund your purchase price. We ended up paying over $2000 for the surgery minus some of the $$ from the breeder bc we’re still waiting on $300 and I had to get a lawyer involved.
Rarely, it can be caused by some form of blunt trauma, but most frequently, it is a developmental congenital defect. In congenital cases, it is frequently bilateral. The condition can also be inherited through genetics. This can also be caused by obesity.
On a positive note, she has NO issues at all from the surgery, she runs, jumps, plays, everything like a normal dog, but prior to the surgery she could do any of that without shaking from pain.
Hopefully the grade of your luxated patella will stay at a 1 bc dogs can live like that. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to PM me, I’m an expert on the subject now unfortunately lol.
This was my poor nugget after the surgery.
Post # 10
Thanks you guys… you’re right, I have to relax and let myself off the hook a littlle here. I can’t protect her from everything, and I have to let her be a dog. I do the best I can, but if she gets hurt, so be it… what kind of quality of life is it never being allowed to have fun?
Post # 11
oh gosh – you can’t stop stuff like that.
My furry boy slipped in the snow chasing birds many winters ago and tore a tendon in his leg.
he ended up needing surgery. I felt so awful but there was really no way to prevent it.
He passed away in 2010. I just had to post a pic. I miss him.
Post # 12
@Aicyla22: OMG that picture! so sweet and so OUCHIE at the same time!
I’ve been researching like mad today, but I wonder if you know what the success rate is for treatment with medication for grade 1 from trauma? Are there cases where the dog gets back to normal, or near normal, or will we have to restrict her activities forever? (No more frisbee, no more dock diving etc…)
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