Luxating Patella

 

This is primarily a genetic condition that is most common in smaller breeds that have been bred for a bow legged appearance, but it can also occur in dogs who stand on their back legs persistently, those who live in a home with slippery surfaces, such as laminate flooring, and those that have suffered a trauma.

 

Pain, lameness and the inability to properly extend the knee joint are all symptoms of luxating patella.  As the patella dislocates, the dog may be continuously lame, or they may appear to be skipping, as they limp for just a few steps before returning to normal.  The dog may have a stiff and awkward gait as the knees do not extend properly.  

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