Kneecap dislocation in dogs is also known as Luxating Patella dislocation and is a painful condition in dogs. This condition is a main concern with Yorkies. Pet parents should become educated about Luxating Patella Dislocation in their fur baby.
When asked is your dog in pain? most people say they don’t know. Unlike humans dogs cry in silence whereas humans cry out.
When, a person sees their dog limping and Let’s out a whimper they think their dog is just getting old or it is an isolated event. You would be surprised that a lot of people don’t know that their dog is in pain.
“One of the more common of the genetic defects is luxating patellas, or slipping kneecaps. This condition can also be caused by an injury obtained from a fall, or from jumping off of things that are too high up.
The kneecaps should fit snug and secure just within the walls of bowl-like structures called the patella grooves. It is held in the correct place by strong tendons and ligaments” (Pet MD.com).
If the dog is born with shallow patella grooves, or weak tendons and/or ligaments, the patella (kneecap) can easily dislocate by slipping sideways outside of the patella groove. This causes the knee to lock up and makes it very difficult and sometimes impossible for the dog to use the affected leg.
When, a dog is suffering they internalize their pain. We expect our dog to communicate to us that they are suffering and are in pain, but dogs are not human even though we love our dogs very much and treat them like members of the family.
Dispel this misconception that dogs are like humans and we know when our dog is hurting, because we don’t know they are suffering in silence.
Without test and ex rays even veterinarians have been known to misdiagnose an animals condition. A lot of the time we just tell the vet the dogs symptoms without running any kind of ex rays or tests. Dogs who deal with chronic pain don’t cry out much of the time. They only cry or whimper when they are in extreme pain, but they only cry or whimper once in a while.
What Is Luxating Patella (Kneecap Dislocation)?
The knee is held together by tissue and tendons When a Yorkie suffers from this condition the knee cap slips in and out of its socket. The kneecap will slip in and out many times if its condition is severe.The puppy will need surgery to correct this problem.
Symptoms Of Kneecap Dislocation In Dogs:
1. Leg lameness
2. Abnormal hind leg movement
3. Whining or yelping
Symptoms of the severity of this condition varies according to the stage that it occurs and usually it begins around four months old. The puppy will yelp out in pain, but when the kneecap slips back into place the puppy will begin to play as if nothing ever happened. It’s when this puppy gets older and the disease progresses that he or she will experience extreme pain.
Do not let your puppy suffer in silence, the puppy will only whine and yelp just once in a while as they get older and the disease progresses. If not fixed the puppy can become lame and have limited or no motor functions of the legs.
“Motor skills are movements and actions of the bone structures. Typically, they are categorized into two groups: gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts”