Pit Bull Chat Forum

Welcome to Pit Bull Chat!

We are a diverse group of Pit Bull enthusiasts devoted to the preservation of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Our educational and informational discussion forum about the American Pit Bull Terrier and all other bull breeds is a venue for members to discuss topics, share ideas and come together with the common goal to preserve and promote our canine breed of choice.

Here you will find discussions on topics concerning health, training, events, rescue, breed specific legislation and history. We are the premier forum for America’s dog, The American Pit Bull Terrier.

We welcome you and invite you to join our family.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us

  • Welcome back!

    We decided to spruce things up and fix some things under the hood. If you notice any issues, feel free to contact us as we're sure there are a few things here or there that we might have missed in our upgrade.

Luxating patella

bluesmp

Little Dog
Well of course something else happens, Bella started picking up her left leg would do it every now and then but started doing it more often so took her in. She has a luxating patella and they recommended surgery, anyone deal with this before? Vet said it's congenital and not caused by anything she did such as running around or jumping. Thanks :(
 

Bubblz Calhoun

Good Dog
It can be congenital and can be fixed either with surgery and or physical therapy. Depending on the severity, how much damage is done and how long the dog has had the issue.
 

StudioSRV

Little Dog
Well of course something else happens, Bella started picking up her left leg would do it every now and then but started doing it more often so took her in. She has a luxating patella and they recommended surgery, anyone deal with this before? Vet said it's congenital and not caused by anything she did such as running around or jumping. Thanks :(


oh man :( did the breeder ever help you out with all of her other UTI problems? Definitely let her know about this too so she knows it is in her breeding lines....

I have seen lots of chihuahaus have the surgery and it turns out great...but damn thats some bad luck dude! :( poor bella
 

bluesmp

Little Dog
oh man :( did the breeder ever help you out with all of her other UTI problems? Definitely let her know about this too so she knows it is in her breeding lines....

I have seen lots of chihuahaus have the surgery and it turns out great...but damn thats some bad luck dude! :( poor bella
Honestly I gave up on her for any type of help, I did let her know for breeding purposes and it seems the mom has been retired. Yeah it started all of a sudden and I couldn't figure out what she did. Didn't remember her injuring herself at all then the vet said it's congenital and it makes sense. Bella has been the best dog I have ever had temperament wise and the worst dog I have ever had financially. :o

She is a complete sweetheart and I will do anything to have her healthy, do you know if it's a good idea to wait until she grows up a bit more? She is only 33lbs right now and filling up quickly, I asked the vet and she was really nice but pretty much said when I was ready. Said might not want to wait to long though because don't want arthritis to set in. I just hope it doesn't affect her later on because she loves to run and jump.
 

Bubblz Calhoun

Good Dog
Is your Vet an Orthopedic Specialist or a Physical Therapist? If not I would get a second opinion with one of them,.. surgery may not be required yet.
 

bluesmp

Little Dog
Is your Vet an Orthopedic Specialist or a Physical Therapist? If not I would get a second opinion with one of them,.. surgery may not be required yet.
The vet was not but the owner is an Orthopedic Surgeon and the vet said physical therapy normally doesn't net the results the surgery would. I will talk to the Ortho and see what he says though can't hurt.
 

Bullful

Little Dog
One more example of why it is better to purchase your BT's from a reputable breeder that health tests. The BTCA's Breeder referral list is a very good reference source.
Wishing you a successful repair of Bella's patella. Lots of crate rest in the meantime.
 

bluesmp

Little Dog
One more example of why it is better to purchase your BT's from a reputable breeder that health tests. The BTCA's Breeder referral list is a very good reference source.
Wishing you a successful repair of Bella's patella. Lots of crate rest in the meantime.
I agree 100% Bullful unfortunately "in retrospect" is a hard lesson learned. All I can do now is move forward and help her get better.
 

Matt

Little Dog
Sorry to hear about Bella, but, again, she's lucky to have someone like you who will do what it takes to help her out.
 

bluesmp

Little Dog
Sorry to hear about Bella, but, again, she's lucky to have someone like you who will do what it takes to help her out.
Thanks bud, goes to show that Bullful is right though and it is always a good idea to get your Bully from the BTCA list of trusted breeders. I am lucky to be able to handle her expenses and not have to worry but I can see how easily that would impact someone who wasn't so lucky. I think by the time this is all said and done I could have gotten a nice used Honda Civic for what I've spent on Bella. :lol: She is worth every penny though. :sonn_u11:
IMAG0078.jpg
IMAG0115.jpg
 

Mardi

Puppy
I would start doing a lot of research before opting for the surgery, and do the research on veterinary sites and in vet journals. And I would also get a second opinion as to whether you could keep her comfortable without surgery. Depending on the severity of symptoms, you might be able to get by with anti-inflammatories (research them too, some are too hard on the liver and other vital organs) and acupunture. http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/saortho/chapter_81/81mast.htm
I tend to be skeptical about a lot of homeopathic remedies, but someone I highly respect (and who is probably equally as cynical) swears by this stuff. If your doctors recommend rimadyl or any of the harsher painkillers, I would try this first: http://systemsaver.net/public/
 

crazybully

Little Dog
I have a friend that has a BT that she did swim therapy and changed over to a raw diet full of Anti inflammatory foods that fixed her baby up without surgery. If you want more information on it hit me with a pm i'll set you up with her and she can let you know what she did. :)
 
May I ask what happened with Bella?
Sookie just started lifting her back hind leg for no reason. No pain and she goes back to putting pressure on it within a minute or so. But I am so worried :(