Last week Miley started with a slight limp, me being me "over protective" took her straight to the vet. Thinking they would say shes pulled something or got something in her pads. But no they said she had a Luxating Patella. We were referred for an appointment with the specialist (which was yesterday).

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We had our appointment with the specialist yesterday. Miley definatly has a Luxating Patella but she is only grade 1, so she doesnt need an operation. She said it may or may not get worse obviously if its gets worse we will have to re-think about the operation. She said some dogs can go through life without the op and it doesnt bother them and doesnt cause pain. Shes is off the pain relief and anti-inflammatory and is now on "sqnoquin" which is a Joint support supplement. She is able to come away with us and play, run and do lots of walking as we planned. Feel so much better.

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The nurses and "our" vet always make such a fuss when she goes. There were two other dogs in the waiting room yesterday but the vet only came over to Miley for cuddles. Bit mean on the others but she so deserves the fuss! They call her "pugalicious"

She had to be hopitalised last year for a few days. When we collected her our vet said the nurses had been arguing as to who would take her out for a wee! The vet also said they had but notes on her records saying "needs to be hospitalised" so she would have to stay in longer. So nice to know she is being well looked after when we go there.

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Comment by Emma-Lou on August 31, 2010 at 6:17am
Ina,
Sorry its taken so long to get back to you.
Mileys fine thanks. She doesnt seem to be struggling too much with her leg. We did notice on holiday she was stopping while we were walking her, to the point where we would of had to of dragged her to get her moving. So yeah alot of carrying around by mummy and daddy. I put a post on here about it thinking it could have been her harness or just because it was somewhere new. But a couple of days after we got back she did the same thing. Rik took her out for morning walk and wouldnt budge past the end of the drive. A bit later on i tried and she did the same thing, i did get her moving eventually. I mentioned it at training and they looked at her and watched how she was refusing and she it was probably because of her leg. The lady said she was putting her weight on the other leg when we tried to move her. I think its her way of saying, Hang on i dont want to go for a long walk. So we are just keeping to small walks mainly. I took her out yesterday off the lead and she was bouncing round like mad, so its very strange, just keeping an eye on her really.
We've got her appointment to get her spayed next month, where they will take Xrays and look at her leg again to see if it has got any worse. So fingers and toes crossed.
While we were away we met a couple who had a pug and he had, had the same problem. He had the operation and had a big scar from the top to bottom of his leg. Didnt even think to ask the specialist about any scaring so will make a note to ask them next month.
How did you know to have Trally checked or was it checked as a routine? Does he not have any problems with his leg at all?
Thanks for your comment.
Em-Lou & Miley xx
Comment by Ina Mulford on August 24, 2010 at 8:04am
Hi Emma-Lou, I was reading about Miley's luxating patella. so glad to read that she's a grade 1. How is she? My youngest boy, Trally was also a grade 1 when he was six months old. No operation and his leg grew stronger as he grew older. He is now 8 years and throughout I've not seen any signs of a problem patella.
Comment by Helena Brown on July 28, 2010 at 7:26am
Firstly can I say I am so pleased to hear the diagnosis for Miley and say that there seems to be something about the Pug that brings out the Mother in the folk in the Vet.
We use the same Vet as we had with the old fellow and when he stayed in over night he was made such a fuss off that he wasn't for coming home. Hektor also was in getting a couple of x-rays after he inadvertently broke his right front leg when he was a pup and they were playing with him.
I think I am definitely coming back as a Pug the next time, the treats, the fuss and decent Medical treatment.

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