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Old 05-21-2013, 01:31 AM
 
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Hi All -

I have a 12 1/2 year old 58 lb golden whose left rear knee keeps going out. The first time it happened I drove her all the way to the state vet school, because she has an old pin in her leg which I thought was going bad. Turns out the pin is fine, but they said her knee will just keep going out, but she can pop it back in herself by stretching. They prescribed pain meds and helping her out to potty with sling under her belly. Because of the pin and her age they did not recommend surgery. She was back to normal in 2 days after her vet visit.

Her knee went out again yesterday, I don't know why, and she's not even trying to walk. This time I haven't taken her to the vet yet. Is there anything else to do for her knee other than pain meds and sling? Has anyone tried one of those dog knee braces?

The vet school exam showed that her heart and teeth are great and bloodwork was fine. The only thing other than her knee is that she's developing cataracts.

Thanks!
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:43 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Why don't you pop it back in for her. Vet/chiropractor can show you how.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:02 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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You can learn to pop it back in yourself.. very easy, very quick,

At 12 1/2 years, I would be very reluctant to have patella surgery on her.

Watch that pin site for bone cancer.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:06 PM
 
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Thanks you two! I confess to being chicken about manipulating the leg because of the pin. But I WILL ask the vet here to demonstrate how to pop the knee back in.

This episode lasted two days again, but she's walking fine now and seems perfectly happy. Rimadyl gives her the runs, so I'll stop that.

I appreciate your responses!
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:50 PM
 
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Isn't there some kind of hard brace or something that will keep her knee from popping out?
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Isn't there some kind of hard brace or something that will keep her knee from popping out?
No.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:37 PM
 
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No.
Really?.....https://www.google.ca/search?q=a+bra..._YHIAg#imgrc=_
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:48 PM
 
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Well, I just went to the vet to ask her to show me how to pop the patella back in and she said that since it will keep coming out that isn't the solution. What is, according to her? More drugs for pain.

Do vets know how to do anything other than prescribe pain pills and antibiotics and spay and neuter?

No, most of them don't.

I've ordered one of those over the shoulder harnesses and it's been 8 days now and it's still not here.

I'm exhausted, I admit it. I feel like I'm trapped in a place from which I'm long past ready to move, just because moving with my dog now is nearly impossible. I'm stuck waiting for the rest of my life until my dog dies. And since the rest of her health is pretty good, it's going to be a long wait - and all the while having to hold her up to p & p.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:29 PM
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Location: Paradise
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Well, I just went to the vet to ask her to show me how to pop the patella back in and she said that since it will keep coming out that isn't the solution. What is, according to her? More drugs for pain.

Do vets know how to do anything other than prescribe pain pills and antibiotics and spay and neuter?

No, most of them don't.

I've ordered one of those over the shoulder harnesses and it's been 8 days now and it's still not here.

I'm exhausted, I admit it. I feel like I'm trapped in a place from which I'm long past ready to move, just because moving with my dog now is nearly impossible. I'm stuck waiting for the rest of my life until my dog dies. And since the rest of her health is pretty good, it's going to be a long wait - and all the while having to hold her up to p & p.
I'm sorry your senior gal is having a hard time with her knee. If Rimadyl doesn't agree with her tummy, maybe Tramadol would. I don't like the drug thing either but sometimes they are a necessary evil.

I don't know anything about your need and/or wanting to move...I'm sorry you're feeling trapped. Kind of like your dog might feel...with her knee that won't stay in place? It is exhausting caring for an elderly pet with issues but our commitment to them is forever...however many years that might be and whatever the circumstances. She'll be eternally grateful to you for hanging in there with her...and standing beside her...being her advocate, willingly and happily providing what she needs.

(((hugs))) to you and a butt scratch to your pup. Tomorrow's a new day...best of luck to you both.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Well, I just went to the vet to ask her to show me how to pop the patella back in and she said that since it will keep coming out that isn't the solution. What is, according to her? More drugs for pain.

Do vets know how to do anything other than prescribe pain pills and antibiotics and spay and neuter?

No, most of them don't.

I've ordered one of those over the shoulder harnesses and it's been 8 days now and it's still not here.

I'm exhausted, I admit it. I feel like I'm trapped in a place from which I'm long past ready to move, just because moving with my dog now is nearly impossible. I'm stuck waiting for the rest of my life until my dog dies. And since the rest of her health is pretty good, it's going to be a long wait - and all the while having to hold her up to p & p.
I had a Rottweiler with a grade 2/3 luxating patella and my vet showed me how to massage it back into place when it popped out occasionally. But not all bad knees can be "popped back" so maybe your vet is correct; it depends on the severity and probably other factors too. So I wouldn't necessarily be hard on your vet (or if you are unsure, get another opinion, preferably from a good veterinary orthopedist. General purpose vets are not always an authority and a good one should refer you to a good specialist.)

Luxating patella - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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