Luxating Patella

A luxating patella occurs when the kneecap moves out of its natural position. The symptoms will be quite obvious, and you will most likely notice the following signs:

Symptoms:

  • Weakness in movement
  • Slow movement
  • Abnormal movement.
  • When luxation occurs your dog will try to kick the patellar back into place. Often this will correct the luxation for a period.
  • Unusual gait
  • Intolerance for exercise
  • Lethargy
  • In severe cases lameness can occur.
  • Common Causes: 

    The causes of this condition can be congenital, genetic and/or traumatic. Breeds with a predisposition for luxating patella are Miniature and Toy Poodles, Maltese, Jack Russell Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Pekingese, Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Papillons and Boston Terriers. Large breed dogs prone to this condition include Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Akitas, Malamutes, Boxers, Huskies and St. Bernards. Apart from breed predilection, if a dog has poor conformation, such as no angulation in the hock, then this can also cause a luxating patella. This condition is usually diagnosed early on.

    Preventative Measures:

    Incorporation of Omega 3 in the diet of your dog can reduce inflammation in        the body which in turn will reduce the pain caused due to joint problems.    Omega 3 is found in abundance in fish and hemp seed oils.
    Golden paste is considered to have multiple healing properties, including reducing inflammation. Adding it to your dog’s is not only recommended for joint problems, but also for overall wellness.
    Alfalfa also provides significant relief for dogs with arthritis. Daily supplementation offers long-term pain relief.

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