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11 months old JR with hindleg problems
by Ann Horn
Our 11 months old lovely Jack Russell spayed girl was diagnosed with both hind leg luxating patellas at the age of 6 months. She doesn't appear in pain and she has days of no hopping and then days with severe hopping - she never seems in pain and is very active. She loves playing with other dogs and chasing after her ball and we walk her one hour a day. We are wondering if we need to reduce her exercise levels to not worsen her hind leg problems or whether we just continue enjoying her and our active lives (she joins us everywhere) until such time where she is in pain? She has recently been seen by a vet and we were told she is a very healthy and fit dog.
Also, we are getting mixed messages about treatment of her hind leg problems - operate or not? We met a retired vet who said that she will probably live a happy and healthy life hopping about (our preference) whereas another vet recommended surgery which costs a fortune and does not guarantee success (and personally we don't know how to get her through a 8 week rehabilitation where she cannot run...- she is so active and it is hard to contain her).
We would much appreciate your thoughts on this topic.
Thank you very much. Ann