Patellar luxation is a knee condition which is a very common health issue of the Chihuahua. According to the expert’ estimation, about 10% population of the Chihuahua suffered from this problem. Initially, it doesn’t seem an alarming condition but with the passage of time it gets worse, so it is better to take care of the dog in the beginning of the trauma.
What is Patella luxation?
In this condition, the knee cap (patella) slides out of its original location. There are two types of Patella luxation that include medial and lateral. If the knee cap of the dog slides towards its body, then it is suffering from the medial patella luxation whereas in the lateral condition the Chihuahua knee cap slip out to the sides and away from the body. The condition can be diagnosed in a very convenient manner by the veterinarian or x-ray report can also provide information regarding the category of Patellar luxation.
What are signs of Patella luxation?
The hopping behavior of the dog is helpful to identify the issue when it is deliberately trying to keep weight off the painful leg. When Chihuahua is suffering from this condition, it will never walk and run and hold up its back leg. If your dog is suffering from such condition, just put the dog in the comfortable place and visit an experienced veterinarian to treat your dog.
How to cure this condition?
Most of the veterinarians suggest to place the dog on the ground and keep it away from jumping from the bed, chair, and couch. High jump cause the slip of the kneecap so pick up the dog in a very gentle manner and avoid touching the area that is painful. In case of the severe condition, surgery is recommended but it is quite insidious procedure so make a decision wisely.
This Video will be helpful for you to know how to examine your chihuahua’s lame leg