Patella Luxation . . .

Symptoms associated with Patella Luxation vary greatly with the severity of the disease. Most dogs affected by this disease will suddenly carry the limb up for a few steps (skip) and may be seen shaking or extending the leg prior to regaining its full use.

Patella Luxation can affect both knees resulting in loss of function.

Over time the knee cap may luxate more and more often out of its groove, eventually exposing areas of bone which can then lead to arthritis and the associated pain.

Patella Luxation can occur from traumatic injury to the knee, and there is some evidence to suggest that it can also be hereditary. Affected dogs can appear normal at birth but should they carry the gene defect then the problem can arise later in the dogs development.

In mild or moderately affected animals prognosis following orthopaedic or soft tissue surgery is often good.

If you are a serious breeder or a conscientious occasional breeder, it is wise to have your dogs graded and to reflect on the suitability of using any affected dogs in your breeding programme.

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