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Luxating Patella- Does it hurt to do certain activities?
  • amtiamti
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    My foster Sheba was recently diagnosed with luxating patella. I've never seen her knee slip or her shake her leg, but she does walk a little wobbly and bow legged so I suspected it. I always have the dogs sit at the curb before we cross the street. Does sitting or doing certain activities hurt her? She does sit but not always willingly, so I'm wondering if it hurts. If it does, then I don't want to make her sit. The vet said her condition was a 2 (out of 4 stages). I'm not sure what other activities (other than jumping) I need to keep her from doing. Stairs? Running?
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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  • amtiamti
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    Thanks for the suggestion Kira Kira. That's a good idea.

    Lindsayt. Come to think of it, she's either laying down or standing unless she's moving. The main times she sits are right before I feed her and before we cross the street- both are times I make her sit. She tends to get up quickly although I've been trying to teach her to stay sitting until released. She's not much into sudden movements or being fast, but lately, she has done the Shiba 500 with Kaji a few times, but just for a couple of laps around the coffee table. She's indoors on carpet when she runs. And with her physical condition (obesity) jogging was always out of the question. I'm thinking it may bother her to sit, and that's why she's not doing it much. Kaji doesn't sit that often either, but he does sit, and his knees are tight. We had them checked a few weeks ago.
  • amtiamti
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    Ok, thanks. I didn't make her sit tonight at the curb although she did on her own one time. The other time, I had her look at me, which worked great. Our back yard's enclosed area is pretty small so there's not much running other than straight. She does have to go down a flight of stairs to get to the yard though which worries me since she goes down pretty fast. The only real running Sheba has done is in the house around the coffee table, which is square and about 5'x5', so it isn't too small. She does make a few quick turns and stops so I'll have to slow the dogs down when they start playing.... hmmm, time for creative thinking ....
    Post edited by amti at 2013-12-08 12:38:34

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