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Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $1,345 to $2,955

What is Patellar Luxation in Dogs?

The kneecap or patellar luxation can occur for a variety of reasons, usually because of a congenital defect that prevents the patella from staying seated in its groove. A patellar luxation occurs when a dog’s kneecap slides out of its normal position. Dislocated kneecaps are usually due to a congenital defect, but can also be the result of trauma.

Which Dog Breeds Are Most Commonly Affected by Patellar Luxation?

This condition is the most common in young, small, or toy breeds, including:

  • Boston Terrier
  • Chihuahua
  • Jack Russell Terriers
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Poodles
  • Papillons
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Symptoms of Patellar Luxation in Dogs

  • Limping or lameness
  • Reluctance to place weight on the limb
  • Pain and discomfort

Treatment of Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Many cases of patellar luxation are mild and do not require surgical treatment, though, in more severe or persistent cases, surgery will be needed to prevent future complications.

Resources for Patellar Luxation in Dogs

  1. Patellar luxation Information Sheet by the American College Veterinary Surgeons
  2. 3 Tips to Avoid Luxating Patella Surgery
  3. Luxating Patella Treatment
  4. Kneecap Dislocation in Dogs
  5. Luxating Patella Dog Surgery Recovery
  6. Luxating Patella Dog Brace
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Patellar Luxation in Dogs
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A patellar luxation occurs when a dog’s kneecap slides out of its normal position. Dislocated kneecaps are usually due to a congenital defect, but can also be the result of trauma.
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