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    Oh no I am so so sorry to hear this. I don't have any experience with this so no help here, sorry

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    Ana.. I'm so sorry Katara and you have to deal with this. I know people that have had his. My daughter played club soccer and a couple of the girls had this..one had surgery, the other didn't. Now..they both used braces..wonder if there is any type of support appliance for dogs.

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    hey Ana ---- Nitschke had this issue... never stopped him from doing anyting. He did eventually have surgery on the knee but it was due to ACL tear, which sometimes one causes the other. We put him on supplements at 1 year and continued for his life. He was a very active and we kept him at 55-58 lbs.
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    I had a shih tzu eons ago that suffered from a luxating ulna (the elbow region). We had the surgery because his slippage was very pronounced and painful. Very wonderful surgeon at NY Animal Medical Hospital in Manhattan. In Hobb's case, the orthopedic surgeon said it was a congenital disease and we had a 50/50 chance of correcting the problem by doing the surgery. We opted for the surgery to the tune of almost $5k, unfortunately for us it didn't help, we were in that minority 50% that it didn't work. The orthopedist recommended giving him a supplement of glaucosamine & chondrointin. It is available over the counter in pill, powder and liquid form. It definitely help him alleviate some of the stiffness he would experience. He recommended the liquid form above all else because it's absorbed into their system at a much faster rate.

    Good luck. I am really sorry to hear this. Hobbs lived a very long and productive life post-op and his discomfort was eased greatly with the stuff that was recommended.
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    @acarabias well on Cash his patella had moved to the side of his knee and had to have surgery or he would eventually lose the use of his leg.
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    Awwww poor Katara. I don't have any experience in this Ana but I know she has you and will be in great hands. Sorry I can't offer more advice. Hang in there lady!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    hey Ana ---- Nitschke had this issue... never stopped him from doing anyting. He did eventually have surgery on the knee but it was due to ACL tear, which sometimes one causes the other. We put him on supplements at 1 year and continued for his life. He was a very active and we kept him at 55-58 lbs.
    Katara is becoming more and more like Nitschke and Aldo like Banks.. how funny.. what supplements was he on? Did he develop arthritis as well? How severe was his luxation? How old was he when he ended up finally getting the surgery? You just got bombarded with questions Christine.. lol!!

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    @acarabias well on Cash his patella had moved to the side of his knee and had to have surgery or he would eventually lose the use of his leg.
    Katara's moves to the side but comes back, was Cash's stuck? Could he lower his leg or had he lost movement to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bizzymammabee View Post
    I had a shih tzu eons ago that suffered from a luxating ulna (the elbow region). We had the surgery because his slippage was very pronounced and painful. Very wonderful surgeon at NY Animal Medical Hospital in Manhattan. In Hobb's case, the orthopedic surgeon said it was a congenital disease and we had a 50/50 chance of correcting the problem by doing the surgery. We opted for the surgery to the tune of almost $5k, unfortunately for us it didn't help, we were in that minority 50% that it didn't work. The orthopedist recommended giving him a supplement of glaucosamine & chondrointin. It is available over the counter in pill, powder and liquid form. It definitely help him alleviate some of the stiffness he would experience. He recommended the liquid form above all else because it's absorbed into their system at a much faster rate.

    Good luck. I am really sorry to hear this. Hobbs lived a very long and productive life post-op and his discomfort was eased greatly with the stuff that was recommended.
    I am glad to hear his life was not cut short because of this. Katara does not seem in a lot of pain at this time, but I will be watching her closely for signs of more discomfort.. thank you for your support. I will start her on supplements, the vet told me to wait until she was done growing a little more...

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    Awwww poor Katara. I don't have any experience in this Ana but I know she has you and will be in great hands. Sorry I can't offer more advice. Hang in there lady!!!
    Thank you Jeannie..

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    Default Re: we know what is wrong with Katara's leg.. any experience with it?

    Oliver was diagnosed with Patella Luxation in his left leg at 7 months old, however he was only a Grade 2. We did many exercises with him - walking up steep inclines. We lucked out because he was young and through a growth spurt, the grooves of his knee spread out a little and the kneecap went back into place. NOW (and not to scare you at all but just wanting to give you our experience) Oliver just suffered a torn ACL in the RIGHT hind leg. We don't feel this was through injury (although not 100% certain) because he had simply been sleeping and then woke up with a limp.

    So, our vet and the surgeon both informed us that he could have been experiencing Patella Luxation in THIS leg and that could have caused the issue with his ACL. (dogs with patella luxation can be prone to ACL tears) In fact, he just had TTA surgery yesterday and we brought him home today (we have a thread on the Health board). The interesting thing is that both Oliver's mom and dad were certified to not have Patella Luxation so it wasn't even a hereditary thing for Oliver. We did start Oliver on glucosamine with chondriotin at 6 months old and I feel it has helped him.

    I know Katara is a different grade than Oliver, but have you spoken to your vet about any physical therapy and exercises?
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    @acarabias, he would limp bad on it and sometimes not be able to put much weight on it. It was mostly to the side but would move.
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    Oh dear, I know how worrisome it is when your furbabies are uncomfortable or in pain no matter how slight. When I noticed BabyGirl wasn't eating very much and losing weight I thought it was her arthritis and the vet checked her patellas and turns out no problem there and for that I'm grateful but I could never imagine beautiful Katara would have this problem and so young. But I'm glad she has you for her mama cuz I know you are one of the best mommies she could have.
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