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Lauren Hall | 1 year ago
I Need Help Finding A Surgeon For Luxation Of Both Scapula In A Cat. I’ve…

I need help finding a surgeon for luxation of both scapula in a cat. I’ve been to two vets, called countless surgeons in multiple states, and even emailed a professor who wrote one of the articles I have found on the issue. All of them say something different (with the exception of the email that has yet to be returned). My vet said they couldn’t do anything but take x-rays, a second opinion (regular vet practice) offered injections of Adequan (which won’t fix the problem). When I asked my vet about the effectiveness of injections they turned around and said they’d sell me Ichon injections (which seem even more questionable) which is interesting they didn’t suggest it sooner if they could.
Of the surgeons I’ve called, I’ve asked all of them if they have experience in this rare condition. Surgery isn’t the only option; I’ve done my research. Surgery isn’t always the best treatment depending on severity and individual factors of the cat. But all of them seem to be selling the surgery. They won’t consider anything else.
Everyone wants me to bring him in so they can take their own x-rays and do their own exam, which I understand to a point but I’m a student with only so much money. While I’m willing to put what it takes if my cat needs surgery, I don’t want to spend thousands just on consults before we even do a potential surgery. And what am I supposed to do but get another opinion when everyone gives me a different diagnosis that fits their practice? One hospital even said bring the cat to their ER now which I know is wrong because I know while he may be uncomfortable, he is not in pain. I would not let him be in severe pain. I don’t want him uncomfortable either, but I need to know that I’m making the best decision not just being sold a service *especially* if it’s one he doesn’t need.
Please, please, please let me know if you know of anyone with experience in this area. Private practice to university professor wanting to use it as educational- I just need someone with experience beyond “knowing how to do it in theory.” Any help is beyond appreciated!!

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Lauren Hall | 1 year ago
My Cat Is An Approximately 7 Years Old, 13lbs, Tuxedo Male Who Has Always Been…

My cat is an approximately 7 years old, 13lbs, tuxedo male who has always been an indoor cat. He was popping a lot this summer but every time I called the vet they brushed me off till I brought him in. Then they were shocked and said they’ve never seen this in a cat before, and only in one dog besides. They said he’s subluxating in both of his shoulders and there was nothing they could do. I took him to another vet who also practiced animal chiropractic care hoping they would help, but now one shoulder is fully luxated and they could only suggest a type of glucosamine injection. I did what research I could on feline subluxation and know surgery is the only real fix, so I’d really like advice on a) if injections would be helpful or if I should go ahead with the surgery ASAP before he gets any older and b) if ANYONE knows a feline orthopedic surgeon who has experience with this. I’ve inquired around my state but no luck and I want someone knowledgeable since this is such a rare condition.

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Hello, The best advice I can give is to seek a boarded veterinary surgeon, or, ask for an appointment with a veterinary teaching hospital. Without knowing the degree of your cats condition, impact on daily life and an exam that’s about all I can say. I can add that this is very uncommon. I would also stress the importance of keeping your cat at an ideal body condition score (weight). If the condition is severe and it is affecting your cats ability to ambulated suegery is probably your best option. Although very likely the most expensive. Good luck. Please let… Read more »

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Jo Gillstrap | 2 years ago
I Apologize In Advance For The Lengthy Post. I Have A Pitbull Terrior Mix (Juanita) Who…

I apologize in advance for the lengthy post.
I have a pitbull terrior mix (Juanita) who was diagnosed with IVDD approximately four weeks ago. Her problems started with limping on her front right leg in May of 2017, was sent home with gabapentin. The issues seemed to resolve, however she was reluctant to jump or go up stairs. She was born with luxating patellas which were both surgically fixed when she was 1 and 1 1/2 years of age. Because her hind legs have always been weaker, I didn’t give much thought to her not wanting to jump or take stairs (I attributed this to possible arthritis / aging process).
On December 29, 2017 she slipped going up the stairs to my house, and started distorting her right leg. We went to our regular vet that same day and were sent home with gabapentin again. Her issue did not resolve, so we went in for xrays on 01/09/2018. No broken bones showed on the xrays, but slight elbow arthritis. I scheduled an appointment with the surgeon who did her knees and was unable to get in until 01/23, at which point I thought we’d be able to get a MRI or other diagnostic imaging.
We went to see him, and although he noticed a narrowing of the spine at C6, he attributed her lameness to something with her right shoulder and suggested we go to Cornell to see an orthopedic vet. We couldn’t get into Cornell until March (now), and therefore made an appointment with a local specialist vet facility that has an MRI machine. We had to wait another two weeks, and saw someone on 02/08. I had been keeping Juanita fairly quiet (out back to do her business without leash, walks of one or two houses from ours), and despite the limping, her gait looked OK. The day before the appointment (02/07), however, I let her run and chase squirrels for about 15 minutes while I shoveled snow. She seemed fine, but was in rough shape that night and days following, including the next day at her specialist appt.
On 02/08, the specialist did a neurological exam, where she suspected a herniated disc. Up to this point, I assumed Juanita’s issues were orthopedic in nature. Unfortunately their MRI machine was down, so we could not confirm this suspicion. On 02/19 we ended up driving four hours to the closest facility with a neurologist on staff and a working MRI machine. We finally got the diagnosis of a herniated disc at C6N7. Ventral slot was discussed as well as medical management. We were instructed to take prednisone, gabapentin and amantadine with rest (bathroom breaks only and no jumping or runnin). We were also advised to keep our appt at Cornell before doing anything since Juanita’s issues were chronic and there was “no easy answer / fix”.
We just went to Cornell this week (while we were on our second week of prednisone taper). We again discussed surgical options. Ventral slot was mentioned as the least invasive, and risks were discussed. The vet suggested we try conservative management again with strict cage rest. She said we needed to keep Juanita in a crate (which she cannot tolerate) and to once again put her on large prednisone doses with a taper after two weeks. What I’m concerned with now is that the vet at Cornell said that any neurological deficits seen in Juanita now are most likely irreversible with surgery or with medical management for that matter, and that the longer you wait to do surgery, the more likely the deficits are permanent. Is that generally the case? I’m discouraged that we could not diagnose this earlier, and am at a loss as to what decision to make (surgery or continue to manage medically in the hopes that Juanita will be able to run and play again). I haven’t seen any improvement since that 15 minutes of fun in the snow I gave her on 02/07.
Thanks so much for your time and advice.

Jo G

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Hello, I’m sorry to hear about Juanita’s troubles. It sounds like you did a very thorough work up. It also sounds like you have been given some excellent credible advice. I hear and understand your frustrations. It happens a lot. In fact it happened with my own dog. It took me weeks to figure out what his real underlying problem was because he has such a difficult long history of so many issues. You can’t beat yourself up or feel upset about how the schedule of events and road bumps unfolded. It may not have changed anything. And it also… Read more »

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Marnie Elizabeth | 3 years ago
My Dog Had Surgery On Her Knee About A Couple Of Weeks Before Christmas. …

My dog had surgery on her knee about a couple of weeks before Christmas. She had a grade 4 luxating patella. It was a hard journey as she ended up having a rare side effect from the medication that was used and went into Kidney failure. Her kidney function is almost back to normal now. This week on Tues she had the pin and wires removed from her knee. During the first surgery she did not appear to have any bruising but this time she has alot. The bruising is a red and brown colour. I have been trying to get a hold of the surgeon to find out of this is normal but he is not available. Can anyone tell me if this is normal bruising for after getting pins and wires removed?

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Hello
Without knowing what was done exactly I cannot answer completely. Bruising is not uncommon post operatively, but any questions or concerns about your dogs surgery should be directed to your vet or the surgeon who did the procedure. They should be happy to help you and answer all of your questions. Call them or your vet and ask for a post op recheck. If they cannot provide one ask for a referral.
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Jane York | 4 years ago
My Yorkie’s Abdomen Is Extremely Bloated And She Is Miserable; Looks Like She Swallowed A…

My Yorkie’s abdomen is extremely bloated and she is miserable; looks like she swallowed a balloon. She is eating, drinking and eliminating normally. She doesn’t seem lethargic, but is having a difficult time walking around & trying to climb steps. This started a month ago. I took her to the Vet for routine dental cleaning and they didn’t seem very concerned about it. They did routine lab tests prior to the cleaning and 2 extractions. When I picked her up, they said she had an episode of explosive diarrhea some time after the procedure. Vet said she had a “bacterial infection” and prescribed Flagyl. She had another episode of diarrhea in the car 5 minutes after I left. It was bloody and had an extremely foul odor! She was lethargic and weak for a day or so but then started acting normal but had lost alot of weight. After a couple of days she started to get bloated again. 10 days later, Vet said she was full of gas and gave more Flagyl and said feed her yogurt daily. No relief from this. She has had seizures in the past but was not prescribed any meds for that. She is otherwise healthy except luxating patellas in hind legs. Current on vaccinations. She is now having seizures every few days and last night she had 5 in a span of 4 hours. I took her back to Vet today and he said she has epilepsy and the seizures are causing the intestines to not function properly and that’s why she’s full of gas. He did not run any lab tests, x-rays, or anything else. Prescribed Phenobarbitol which I am to give her twice daily. First does was 10 a.m. and she just had another seizure at 6 p.m. which lasted several minutes. DOES THIS MAKE SENSE? Can anyone tell me if this sounds right or what else might be causing the bloating? Her belly is stretched as tight as if she is carrying several pups! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Denyelle Leclair | 4 years ago
I Have A Small Sized Year Old Jack Russell Terrier. The Vet Says She Has…

I have a small sized year old jack Russell terrier. The vet says she has patella luxation however she only carries the one leg up in the snow or very cold weather.

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It is possible the leg could hurt more when it’s cold or when the barometric pressure drops, as does arthritis.  It is also possible that the laxity of that patella ligament causes that leg to be more painful when trying to walk in snow which makes walking more difficult.

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Grace Barnett | 4 years ago
My Dog Otis Is About 7 Almost 8 Years Old Yorkie/Chihuahua (plus Something Else) That…

My dog Otis is about 7 almost 8 years old Yorkie/Chihuahua (plus something else) that we got from a shelter. He’s a bit overweight. We were told at the vet when we first got him that he has luxating pallattes (I think thats how you spell it lol). Sometimes he walks with a bit of a “skip”. Well yesterday he was putting his paws on me and then fell down. His back legs kept giving out it seemed. But eventually he was able to regain his footing. It scared me so much. Now last night and today he has been walking with a bit of a limp and sometimes trips more than usual. He doesn’t seem to be in pain or anything. He still runs, jumps on the couch, etc. Hes eating and drinking.
He’s my baby and I am so overprotective and over worry for him all the time. I wanted to know if anyone had any insight into this. Should I be extremely worried? Or is it just something that’ll heal with time. I know going to the vet would be the best. I would spend any amount of money on him but money has been tight lately. I know this is so so so long and possibly confusing but I’m just worried, anxious, and wanted some insight and advice.

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I had a similar problem with my dog, it turned out to be hip dysplasia. Of course your dog could have something completely different so don’t stress, i do recommend going to the vet though to easy your stress. I have taken my dogs to a local humane society for check ups (some have vet services) and it is usually cheaper. Perhaps there’s a clinic similar in your area? I have also talked to my vet before about costs and they have been able to help be out  with discounts in some situations, if you really can’t afford the full… Read more »

julie brader
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Just a thought,, might be a good idea to stop him jumping on sofas ect….its just putting more strain on whatever is going on with his legs/hips….try and buy a cheap ramp instead.
Good luck hope he is ok.

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Nialyn Pagliari | 4 years ago
Hello. I Have A Cat That My Husband And I Adopted About A Year Ago…

Hello. I have a cat that my husband and I adopted about a year ago. The cat is about a year old. When we first got the cat, the cat was very playful. When the cat was about 5 months old, we rescued another cat who was the same age as the first cat. This new cat was extremely playful as well however the first cat began to be less and less playful. Beginning in about June the first cat pretty much stopped playing at all. The first cat also has been battling food allergies that we cleared up – he is allergic to all proteins except rabbit and all grains – and he has luxating patella in both knees. The first cat’s fur is also pretty greasy lately.

I just don’t know if our first cat is depressed, or if there could be something seriously wrong with him. He seems to get around okay, with a little hobbling and wobbling sometimes. But, I figured that was normal since he has always been a bit unsteady. I just don’t understand why he doesn’t want to play anymore.

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Alyona Yarmolich | 5 years ago
/Users/Elena/Desktop/rich /Смещение чашечек.jpg Vet Told That My Dog Has Patellar Luxation, But I Am Not Sure…

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Vet told that my dog has Patellar Luxation, but I am not sure about it. Can you see it from the pic or not?

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Alyona Yarmolich | 5 years ago
Vet Told That My Dog Has Patellar Luxation, But I Am Not Sure About It…

Vet told that my dog has Patellar Luxation, but I am not sure about it. Can you see it from the pic or not?

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I imagine he made this diagnosis because you brought your dog in for strange limping/hopping that comes and goes … ? Or what prompted the diagnoses in the first place?

There are different grades of this problem. In lower grade the patella (knee cap) dislocates but pops back in on it’s own.

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/musculoskeletal/c_multi_patellar_luxation