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Old 06-17-2014, 12:07 PM
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I wouldn't do surgery unless it's absolutely necessary. And that's what I've been getting from vets in more recent years...that they don't want to do it unless the dog is having a really hard time.

When my 12 year old Chi mix, Jose` was young, he had a terrible time with it. It would pop out and he'd cry in pain. It popped out easily and often. So, he had the surgery which was somewhat successful for some years but then, as the vet predicted, it didn't hold forever all that well and it was a horrible recovery....loads of pain and misery. Awful. Once he healed, if I kept him exercised, it all but eliminated any problem for him. I actually notice it in both knees. But he hiked long mountain trails with the big dogs and me every day, ran, jumped around...was fine for years. If he missed too many walks in a row, that's when the thing gave him more trouble. So, those muscles, ligaments and tendons being strong help hold things together and counter acts the effects I think.

My little, tiny toy Poodle, Maurice has it mildly I think. It's popped out a couple times but he has no sign of pain and so far, it's very infrequent. So, I'll keep him exercised and hope it doesn't get worse. My other Poodle, Matisse was checked and the vet feels nothing loose there at all. I hope your little one will have an easy time of it too. Just be sure to take a walk or play fetch...something to build up his muscles and connective tissue every day.
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:07 PM
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Rylie has, I believe, grade 4 LP in her left knee... and grade 2 in her right.

She's actually going to be getting surgery this fall since the benefits will make the surgery worth it. There are days when her knee really bothers her and our vet feels surgery will be worth it for her. She still goes on walks and is very active (she's almost 9 years old), but I can tell there are some days that are harder than others.

I give her Glycoflex III every day. I wouldn't have considered surgery if her knee wasn't getting worse as time goes on.
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