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Luxation of the Patella
Luxation of the Patella, or dislocation of the
knee-cap is a common hereditary problem with the
Chihuahua. It is also unfortunate that most of
the time the animal is older before it shows. It
appears in varying degrees from minimal to
debilitating. Very young dogs may compensate,
but this can only make the dislocation occur in
the other leg.
The dislocation is usually on the inner side,
the ligaments become stretched each time it
happens until the patella is rarely where it is
suppose to be. When the dog is standing with a
dislocation of the patella, the hocks on the
hind legs will be straight and if severe will
cause extreme pain.
Recent studies have shown that immediate
treatment is recommended, rather then waiting
until the dislocation has practically crippled
the dog. Reasoning behind this is that
knee is dislocated the entire body of the dog is
compensating for it, causing deformations of
many other skeletal areas.
There is a lot of information available on
Luxation of the Patella in Hilary Harmar's "The
Complete Chihuahua Encyclopedia".
For more information, concerns and questions
contact your veterinarian.