December 6th, 2004, 11:24 PM
Jeremy is a 5 year old miniature poodle/schnauzer cross who has medial patellar luxation (dislocated knee). The vet thinks it may be congenital but it's hard to know for sure. A child in the family had forced the dog to do jumps in the past and this may have caused the knee to dislocate. He is lame intermittently and this has lasted for 3 weeks so far. Are there any non-surgical treatments or ways to deal with this? Does anyone have experience with assisting the knee back into place by stretch the leg out? Any other information or advise would be welcome.
December 7th, 2004, 11:58 AM
I am sorry, but the only real "cure" that I have heard of for patellar luxation is surgical. Unfortunately, it is not the same as a human dislocated shoulder, that can simply be put back into place and left to heal on its own. Generally in patellar luxation the tendons that should hold the knee together are severed beyond natural repair. During surgery they would be replaced with fishing-line type material to act as new tendons.
If you really would prefer not to go the surgical route, look for (or ask to be referred to) a veterinarian with a more holistic approach. They are becoming more common and they might have physiotherapy-type suggestions.