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Just an update on Sadie’s alleged medial patellar luxation. (trick knees)…
We picked up records from our vet who was ready to do surgery without even taking x-rays, and will be taking her to a orthopedic specialist on Monday for a diagnosis.
A client of Karen’s, who is a K-9 officer with the Sherriff’s Department recommended this clinic.
It just so happens that they were the vets we used up until about 15 years ago when we moved to the other side of the county. …Old fashioned, country doctors who could vaccinate you dogs and cats, or come out to your ranch and take care of your herd of cattle. The original two doctors are still there, (I thought they’d be retired by now.) with a staff of specialists, and a new hospital wing with state of the art equipment, behind the original clinic.
No matter what the outcome is, I have high hopes that we’ll be dealing with competent people.

I’ll let you know what they say…
 

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I think you made a wise decision in changeing vets . Making a decision to do surgery without any type of x-rays is not a good thing. Sounds like he was just into making a buck ! And in a vets case that would be quite a few buck's. Good thinking on your part !
 

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Best of luck with the new (er...old) vet....keep us updated!
 

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sending out good thoughts for you and Miss Sadie
 

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We saw our old vet this morning, and he will probably become our kid’s new vet.
He agrees with the other doctor. Sadie does have loose knee caps. He showed us how they can be pushed out of place. He also confirmed that x-rays don’t show much in this situation because the problem is behind and in between the bones. He then described the surgery in detail. Even drawing us pictures on a paper towel.

Now the good part… :thumbup:
He feels that with Sadie, the condition is very slight, and doubts that they ever go out on their own.
She has a good, square stance, (Not overly bowlegged like more severe cases.) and is very muscular. Which will really help keep it from getting worse. (And Daddy thought she was just fat! :redface: )
He does not recommend surgery, and feels that her condition may never become a problem for her.
He said to keep her active and muscular, and to watch her weight. He also made sure she is spayed because the condition is genetic.

I forgot to ask him about it, but we are going to put her on the supplements for healthy joints. Might as well give them to Sparky too.

Thanks everyone, for being there. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
 

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Great update -- hooray for Sadie! It's so easy for a lb. or two to creep in and, with our beags having such a small frame, it can really have a significant impact on the joints.
 

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Yeah! I'm so glad to hear that it's not anything to be too worried about. Just be sure to watch Sadie's weight. Amber was more than a few pounds overweight and it created major problems with her back and hips. I'm sure that having Sparky around to run with will help with that though. :animal18:
 

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That is great news !!!! I hope that she will not need surgery ever !!!
 
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