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Need your inputs about luxating patella

Discussion in 'Dogs - all breeds / types' started by DogLover, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. DogLover

    DogLover New Member

    The vet informed me that Chobby, my 4-month-old Cavalier, seems to have luxating patella 2 months ago. At first, I could tell that his hind legs were kinda weak. During the past 2 months, I have paid a lot of attention and cared for him. Well, it seems like his hind legs are getting better and stronger. The vet told me that he might get better, but the possibility of the problem developing is still there. A surgery is most likely necessary if his condition worsened.

    With this fear in mind, I would like to get some inputs from you regarding luxating patella. Humans can get extra help from taking vitamins. Can I do the same for a dog? Do you know what kind of supplement that I can give to Chobby in order to improve his condition?
  2. loves-da-pits

    loves-da-pits New Member

    Patellar Luxations are rated in 4 grades, with the first 2 not needing surgury. It can be helped with diet and making sure the dog does not become over weight. This is a genetic trait and if your dog came from a breeder, the condition should have been registered with the OFA and you should have been aware of it.

    You can give you dog a suppliment of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate to maintain healthy joints and to help in the repair of the joint cartilage. This is found in high grade kibble already, example, Nutro Ultra. The suppliments can be found at most Health Food Stores, like Hi Health.

    You might want to consult with a Holistic specialist on treatment to avoid any surgeries in the future.

    In the mean time, if you bought the dog from a breeder, I would contact them with your complaint.
  3. DogLover

    DogLover New Member

    Thanks for your recommendation, I'll do a search on that.

    As far as this "breeder," I think she's more like a BYB or puppy mill. I already sent complaint about her to the web site where I found her information and to AKC (even though I doubt they could do anything). She kept on saying that she would give my $$ back and get the puppy back. The problem is not with the money or the puppy but her. She needs to be honest. I caught several facts that are inconsistent with what she told me earlier.

    Anyway, thanks for your effort in helping me out.
  4. Jamiya

    Jamiya New Member

    I love when they offer to take the puppy back. I'd be like, "Ummm, but I love the puppy..." I wouldn't refuse keeping the puppy but still getting my money back, however. Would help to pay for vet bills.
  5. puttin510

    puttin510 New Member

    Like loves da pit said give her gluco-chondroitant , make sure there you also give her MSM. Missing link is a good place to start or whatever you feel. But I also give 99%pure MSM to mine. I give Seatecs greens supplement which is very much like Missing link but harder to find. My dog had problems with her knee, but also was lacking cartlidge in the knee. So I decided to try giving more suppliments. I have to say adding the MSM her knee rarely pops now. She has been on gluco-chond products for about two years and other stuff like the MSM for about two months. It has helped greatly. She is about 8. Oh I was also told that the amount of gluco-chondr that they put in kibble is nowhere near the amount your dog will need to feel a difference. Though it may be good for a dog that is barely starting to age in the joints.
  6. DogLover

    DogLover New Member

    Does MSM stand for MethylSulfonylMethane? Sorry, I'm not familiar with the doggie supplement. :oops:

    By the way, I saw this on Solid Gold's web site (www.solidgoldhealth.com):
    What do you think of the above supplement?
  7. puttin510

    puttin510 New Member

    I'm not familiar with the SOD, but with the MSM its the same type of stuff us humans would take, its just reformulated for animals. I know there are I think two different names for it. I can't remember though. That does look familiar.
    Checking, Ok your right about that name.
    Here's where I bought my MSM from.
  8. DogLover

    DogLover New Member

    Thank you, BIG BIG thank you all for the recommendation...
  9. puttin510

    puttin510 New Member

    Your welcome. I'll be looking into the S.O.D.
  10. DogLover

    DogLover New Member

    I sent an email to Solid Gold and asked them about supplements that would be good for dogs with luxating patella. Here's their reply:
    Just wanna share it with everyone.
  11. puttin510

    puttin510 New Member

    Well thank you. We have her also on a prescription called deramaxx for pain and inflamation. But seriously the MSM has allowed her to move her hind leg normal.

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