Have you noticed a funny little hitch in your dog’s movement or temporary or occasional lameness? Intermittent lameness can have many reasons for occurring but one of the most common cause of lameness is a condition known as luxating patella.
This condition can grow to be quite painful for your dog and puts them at greater risk of a CCL injury or developing arthritis later in life. While this is a lifelong condition there is much owners can do to manage luxating patella and help reduce their risk of further injury.
In this week's blog, we'll take a closer look at what luxating patella is, how to identify it, the common treatments for the condition, and how early intervention can slow the progression of the condition and reduce injury.
As our dogs get older it's not uncommon to see progressing atrophy and muscle weakness. The reality is muscle atrophy is a natural part of the aging process - but just because it's a natural part of growing old doesn't mean that we as owners can't do anything to help our dogs!