Patella Luxation . . .

Patella Luxation is one of the most common orthopaedic condition in dogs. It is a condition that allows one (or both) kneecaps to easily displace out of their normal position.

Sometimes referred to as "small dog syndrome" it affects a variety of breeds, Yorkies, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Miniature Poodles and the Japanese Spitz, the incidence in larger breeds has been on the rise over the last ten years.

The club is keen to understand the range and scope of this issue and to then use that analysis to improve breeding programmes. To that end we hope that you will participate in the collection of data.

In order to participate in this new venture you will need to have your dogs examined by a Veterinary Surgeon who can then assess the degree (if any) of patella luxation and complete the data collection form accordingly. Dogs, must be micro-chipped and certified at the time of examination.

You can download a suitable form for use by your vet by clicking here  Patella Forms   Full Instructions are included.

No individual results will be made public without the prior permission of the Japanese Spitz dog owners.

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