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Subject: RE: Limping, rear leg pain (oops)
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Rattie
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12/31/2009 2:17 AM RE: Limping, rear leg pain (oops)  
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ivy


Feisty
Feisty
03/24/2011 9:47 PM RE: Limping, rear leg pain (oops)  
could be his knee, does it do any popping or feel any grinding when bending it?
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Saffyra


Terrier Terror
Terrier Terror
03/24/2011 10:12 PM RE: Limping, rear leg pain (oops)  
well, Im really concerned because I was reading up on luxating patellas and it is almost exactly what he's been going.

My husband just rubbed his thumb over his kneecap and Dexter yipped so loud and high pitched it scared us all.

We've noticed this happening for months, where he suddenly wont use his leg well for about ten minutes and then he's totally back to normal.

I'm very worried. I'm hoping the vet can identify it, if that is what it is so that we can take care of this as soon as possible.

Sarah-Mommy to Dexter and Bugsy
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ivy


Feisty
Feisty
03/24/2011 10:30 PM RE: Limping, rear leg pain (oops)  
I did not notice any thing when I bathed him sometimes I do. I sure hope it is not poor little fellow. Try and make sure he is not jumping up between now and the vet appt and no stairs. Fingers crossed he just pulled something. He is so young
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desert*rats


Ratastic
Ratastic
03/24/2011 10:31 PM RE: Limping, rear leg pain (oops)  

It could be luxating patella (loose kneecap)...not uncommon in this breed.

Did the breeder do any testing on his parents (patellas are one thing that can be OFA certified if the breeder chooses to do so) or at least have the vet check them before they were bred? Luxating patella can be inherited, but it is a polygenic trait (multiple genes involved) and the test procedure is simply a manual examination (not a definitive DNA test like PLL) so there is no guarantee that 2 parents with tight patellas won't produce a puppy or puppies with loose patellas.

Your vet may be able to give you a diagnosis by simply palpating Dexter's knees, an x-ray may not be necessary.

Let us know what you find out. Poor Dexter!

 


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Saffyra


Terrier Terror
Terrier Terror
03/24/2011 10:43 PM RE: Limping, rear leg pain (oops)  
See, thats the thing... The whole testing thing. I know Striker has his tests posted on Ofa but I cant read them. RAT-PA427/18M/P-NOPI If that means anything. Not sure any of that has to do with patellas. But his mom I know nothing about. She was bred at a kennel thats no longer around (Cascade Range Kennel, Robert Saum) so I can't look anything up.

Can a vet tell at 8 weeks about patellas? Duncan will for sure be checked!

I'm really hoping Im just freaking myself out and being OMG, all these symptoms fit. We would definitely get the surgery if it would help.

Sarah-Mommy to Dexter and Bugsy
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desert*rats


Ratastic
Ratastic
03/24/2011 11:11 PM RE: Limping, rear leg pain (oops)  

Striker tested free of patellar luxation. I can decipher the OFA number for you:

RAT = Rat Terrier, PA = Patellas, 427 = Test sequence number, 18 = age in months when tested, M = male, P = practitioner (regular vet, examined the dog, as opposed to specialist), NOPI = No Permanent Identification (means that dog is not tattooed or microchipped).

No results at all on OFA for the mother? Maybe the breeder just had her vet checked, you could ask.

A vet can GENTLY check patellas on an 8 week old puppy, but at that age one needs to be very careful with those little knees. My vet doesn't even try on my Toy pups (that are 1 3/4 to 2 pounds at 8 weeks), he says there is too much risk of hurting them. He'll generally check patellas at 4-5 months when they go back in for their first rabies shots, and then again when they are nearing the time for the first breeding.

LP is not a fun thing to deal with, but it's fixable. Check your private messages, I sent you some information about the surgery.


Doreen & The MicroRatz

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