Who Need a Little TLC
All Puppies Come With:
AKC registration 1 Year Health Contract Vet Examination Current Vaccinations and Deworming A Travel Crate if Shipped
CD of all puppy pictures and videos
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These little guys need a little extra.
Each of the pups listed have luxating patellas (loose knee caps) to one degree or another.
Patella luxation is a condition where the patella, or knee cap, slides out of its normal position. It is usually congenital ie. (present at birth).
Patellar luxation is a common condition in dogs, particularly small and miniature breeds.
There are four levels of severity of a luxating patella. Grade 1 is the mildest; Grade 4 is the most severe.
A Grade 1 luxating patella describes a kneecap that is predisposed to popping out ONLY by manual manipulation, but pops right back in on its own.
Grade 2 describes a kneecap that pops out of place and doesn't always pop back in automatically, sometimes requiring manual manipulation to re-seat it.
A Grade 3 condition is when the kneecap sits outside its groove most of the time, but can be manually positioned back in the groove, where it stays temporarily.
Grade 4 luxating patella describes the worst-case scenario, in which the kneecap sits outside the groove all the time, and won't stay seated in the groove when it is manually popped into place.
Grade 1 rarely requires surgery. Some of puppies will grow out of it completely, while others may require some sort of therapy going forward. Grade II is up for debate whether or not surgery is required and should be discussed with your veterinarian. A large number of vets have determined Grades III and IV will require surgery to correct, while there are still others that are of the opinion that it is not necessary if your dog is not in pain. Again, this is something to discuss with your vet.
The cost of surgery and terms will vary depending on the severity of the condition and where you live. Please contact your vet for information regarding prices and therapies.
Right now they are happy, healthy, and pain free. They are waiting for the right owner to give them a loving forever home.