My wife and I are in the process of building a new home (complete with indoor/outdoor kennel..yay!). I took Vedder over to the house this weekend and he took a nasty spill, catching his hind legs on an unfinished brick wall. He began favoring his left hind leg and it persisted on and off through the weekend. He'd be fine for a while and then he'd favor it for a minute. I took him to the vet yesterday and he found that Vedder had mild (grade 1) Patellar Luxation. They put him on anti-inflammatory meds and he seems to be doing much better. No, favoring of the leg today. The vet even showed me how to quickly correct the petalla should it happen again to avoid stretching of the tendon and prevent further problems.
Has anyone else had experience with acute patellar luxation due to injury?
I've never heard of it being caused by injury. Honestly, it's almost always due to genetics. Chances are now that he's injured it, he'll have future issues of it not being right and you'll need to look at all options, including surgery. We had a rescue dog that was fine most of the time, but every once in a while would come up lame because his knee cap slid out of place. We eventually needed to have surgery on both back legs to tack his knee cap in the proper position.
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while it is often caused by genetics it can be caused by environmental issues(i.e. injury)
I would be well aware of the fact that patellar luxation often results in an ACL tear....so keep your eye out.
Thanks for the advice. We're restricting exercise for a while. He's been improving in the last few days, only favoring it once yesterday and nothing today. Fingers crossed.
Followup: It's been nearly a year and Vedder has had no relapse. Looks to be an injury related issue