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    Wonder if anyone has had this problem. A 5 year old GSP who is hunted hard suddenly developed intermittent lameness diagnosed as luxating patella. Vet has put bitch on anti inflams and ordered rest for two weeks. If not better surgery. As we have our National end of June (on quail) and season starts April we are very anxious about this. I am wondering what the prognosis is. The vet says good but I have my doubts. Upland bird hunting on totally wild birds is very demanding! I would be most interested to hear of any experience with this.
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    My old dog had it when he was young. Took him to an ortho vet to check for dysplasia and he told me it was luxiating patella that was stage one. No surgery recommended. Put him on glocosime and chrodotion and he had two more episodes and that no more. Do not know if the glocosime worked but he led a full and active life till he passed away. Good luck

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    Mine had it when he was 6 minths and had the surgery. He's ow 4 and running hunt test and hunting with no issues. He had both knees done, 12 weeks of rehab. Good luck.
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    My dog had this issue.
    The knee cap actually had to be popped back into place on several occasions.

    We had laser surgery done to widen the socket so the knee cap could settle in.
    This was done in June of 2012.
    We followed the rehab procedures to the letter (very hard for both of us).
    He was down from late May until mid September.


    Lost that summer for training and testing, but he rehabbed in time to hunt that fall.

    We haven't had an issue since, he runs as strong and free as ever.
    Has not popped out since.

    So.........you may lose some training and running time, but your dog will benefit from it!
    And you will feel more confident in his health and well being.

    Good luck!!!

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    BTW--I would share my vets name and address, but it would be a pretty long commute!!!
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    If it is truly LP, I don't see how you can avoid surgery. My experience was that it would happen more frequently as time went by. Rehab is a slow process of crate containment and no activity. I'm sure there have been improvements in the treatment in the past three years since we went through it. I am surprised it didn't show up until age 5. You said she experienced lameness. Just curious if it was limping or refusing to put weight on it until it popped back in.

    The prognosis after surgery is great. No problems and the other knee has never experienced any problems which we were told to expect.

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    Thanks all. She goes back to the vet next Friday. She is my dog but lives with someone else who does a lot of hunting and work on birds this time of the year without the gun. It appears to be trauma induced but apparently the vet said if it is not better in 2 weeks he will have to anesthetize her to get a better fix on exactly what the problem is. I will also try and talk to him myself. He is a greyhound specialist guy so should have a reasonable idea. I take the point that it is likely to reoccur if just left - tendons just get looser with work and age and assume it is a lax tendon that has allowed the patella to slip..
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    Hope you never have this issue but thought I would update. The bitch has a very unusual partial, lateral luxating patella caused by trauma of some sort (probably hard running over rough ground in her case). Hoping to avoid surgery by Simovan injections (cartrophen plus glucosamine I think), walking on lead up hills for exercise, and rubbing in the most revolting smelling stuff around the outside of the knee. That is some sort of astringent liquid. The vet has taken it on as a personal challenge to get her OK to hunt by April. Just hope my hip replacement has such a good prognosis - will ask the surgeon! He listed the next options which included cortisone injections and surgery but hopes that wont be needed.
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