Sunday, August 2, 2009

What does one do when his/her dog's knee keeps popping out of place (read details)?

Hello! Any info would be appreciated. This is the situation:
-My dog (American Eskimo) recently keeps popping out his HIND knees.
-We've been to the vet multiple times regarding this issue, AND have gotten medication.
-BUT his knees are still popping out (and we realize it might be because the medications have not been "kicking in" yet but may in the future)
-HOWEVER, it is still worrisome when his knees are out and cannot walk. The vet knew how to pop it back into place, but we do not. Any info?

Any help appreciated.
DOn't think blade whatsmaallit read the question!

The problem is knees NOT hips or elbows.

Unfortunately, there are some breed that have tendon and ligament problems that lead to knees (or here hocks) displacing.

Sometimes it can be corrected with surgery.

For that, I would recommend a trip to the nearest vet school/clinic to an orthpedic specialist.

Alternatively, it could be a cruxcator ligament injury.

That has become a pretty standard surgery - too many couch potatoes going out leaping around and blowing out the ligament from being unfit.

You need to ask your vet WHY the hock is displacing.

Drugs won't keep the hock in place it will only alleviate the pain.

In the meantime,put him in a nice comfortable bed with water and food in reach without rising and help him up every 3-4 hours to go outside.
take her to the vet again duhhhhhhhhhhh
I'm assuming this is because of a dysplastic dog? Although a few patients can be maintained for long periods, even years, with pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, this is usually not the answer. There are three basic surgeries, all of which attempt to eliminate or reduce the pressure between the two arthritic surfaces.

The first surgery involves the cutting of the pectinious, which is one of the muscles that try to add stability to the joint by forcing the two bones back together. When it is cut or has a portion removed, the two bones move apart. We have had varied success with this procedure in our practice. It sometimes eliminates all pain and further surgery is not required.

The second type of surgery is the removal of the femoral head. No bony attachment between the leg and the rest of the body sounds radical, but the dog's body will compensate as the outer muscles in the area become stronger and hold the leg in place. This allows near-normal motion and use. Remember that the front leg of the dog is held to the body by muscles only; there is no bone-to-bone connection between the front legs and the rest of the skeleton. By removing the femoral head we eliminate the pain of the two bones coming in contact with each other. We have many active dogs in our practice that were able to continue their active lifestyles because of this surgery.

The final surgical technique available to a patient with dysplasia is total replacement with an artificial joint made of steel and high-impact plastic. This is very expensive and rarely necessary.

Throughout all of this, please remember that the individual dog affected with dysplasia can usually be helped to live a life that is generally free of pain. I would like to stress that fact.
Hopefully this is of help to you. Hugs and kisses to your baby.
my friend has two Boston Bulls, both with bad knees
both had surgery and are perfect now
My friend has a black lab that went through the same thing he had to have surgery that cost her $4,ooo dollars hopefully you don't have to go this route.

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