(Closed) Knee injury… feel like such a bad Dog Mom! :(

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Luxating patellas are SUPER common, I am told. Dont beat yourself up about this. 

Post # 4
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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.

Soooo Cute!

Post # 7
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club

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
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@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 # 11
5073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

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.

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