Signs Of Luxating Patellas In Dogs
Luxating patella is a common problem affecting mostly small breed dogs. Normally, the patella or knee cap sits in a groove in the leg bone or femur. In dogs with luxating patella, this groove is shallower than normal, causing the patella to slip out during walking. In many cases, the patella tends to go back in, but there are instances when it remains outside the groove. When the patella slides out of the groove, the dog may appear to favor the affected hind leg as they walk, but after a few strides, the patella may slide back in and leg is used normally as if nothing happened. Chronic cases of luxating patella can pave the way for damage to the knee cartilage, ligament tears, inflammation, and pain. Affected dogs may be unwilling to walk on the affected leg as they cry out in pain limp, and lick at their knee.
Abnormal gait, pain, and other problems affecting a dog’s ability to walk should be checked out by a veterinarian care Sarasota, FL.