Yorkie Terrier Dog Limping-Is It Slipping Kneecaps Known As Luxating Patella?

Have you noticed your Yorkie Terrier limping?

If your Yorkie just recently jumped from a chair or maybe off of the bed, that could be the reason for the limp.

Hopefully, the injury is not severe. However, it is advisable to prevent these little dogs from jumping off of anything. They have no dept perception, so they don’t know how far up they are. So many injuries occur to little dogs from jumping heights that are to high for them.

Dog ramps are good for dogs that like to get up on the big bed or the sofa. Also, as they age they may develope arthritis in their joints from the pressure of jumping. Check carefully that there is nothing stuck between his toes or onto his pads–you should be able to quickly tell if you need to seek a veterinarians assistance.

If none of the above seem to be the problem, does your Yorkie have a condition known as Luxating Patella–meaning his back leg kneecaps dislocate or slip? This happens because the groove in the femur needs to be deeper. The treatment for this condition is surgery to deepen the grove.

Signs of Knee Problems

This condition is usually hereditary. A Yorkie can have badly slipping kneecaps and not show any signs of pain or discomfort when he is jumping, walking, playing or running. My first Yorkie had this condition when I got him. My vet said to wait and see how he got along before having surgery. He was four months old then and did not seem to be troubled by it or uncomfortable. He ran, jumped and played all the time. He could jump straight up, about 3 feet, and land on his back legs. I always wondered how he could do that and have slipping kneecaps, as his legs always supported him when he was jumping.

Periodically, his knee would slip out and he would be able to straighten it out himself, if not, I could gently move it back into place. As the years went by, he seemed to be troubled by it less and less. He was 13 1/2 years old by now. Then one day he got up and continued to hold his back leg up–he was lame. I watched him carefully. He couldn’t come up the stairs anymore. Otherwise, he continued on as normal. Eventually, he was able to put his leg down and support himself again. But, there was no more running and jumping.

During his lifetime, he had 6 different veterinarians and none of them ever suggested surgery to treat his slipping kneecap. I took him to different vets, searching for someone who actually loves animals and shows caring and compassion. Finally, I found one in January 2007, when my Yorkie had an emergency on a Sunday. The point here is that all vets are not created equal.

If your Yorkie seems to be bothered by any conditions that need veterinary help, please be sure you listen carefully and observe how the vet and the assistants treat your pet. If you are the least bit uncomfortable with anything regarding the care of your Yorkie, keep looking for another vet.

Many Dog Breeds Have Knee Or Joint Problems

This page is discussing knee problems for Yorkies, however, there are many breeds that are bothered with leg or joint problems. And most dogs develope arthritis as they grow older, just like humans, so anything that you can do to help them feel more comfortable in everyday life is the right thing to do. Big breeds that love to ride in your car, truck or SUV may need help to get in and out of the vehicle. Do not force or drag your dog out of your car, truck or SUV. Do you have knee pain or arthritis? Then you should understand pain. Small dogs also benefit from dog ramps.

Luxating Patella and Dog Arthritis

It is commonly thought that luxating patella can lead to arthritis if not surgically repaired. That may be true, as in the last 2 months of his life, my Yorkie would lose his balance, as his back leg did not really support him anymore and then he would fall over, which would eventually lead to him screaming in pain. He would be on his side, very stiff, when I would rush to pick him up. Then the pain would subside and he was “normal” again. This happened a couple of times during the night–you can imagine the heart stopping panic that I felt as I was awakened by his screaming. I was so scared for him and did not know how to help him.

Of course, I asked the vet about this and she said it was arthritis and there was nothing she could do. At his age she felt surgery was out of the question. If your Yorkie or any other dog is dealing with this condition, you have to consider what the best course of action is for your pet. Educate yourself about Yorkie health problems. Search the Internet, go to bookstores and find the veterinary books on dogs.

This way you will understand some of the things your dog may be facing. You need to clearly understand what your vet is saying to you about treatments. So many health problems today in our pets are genetic.

Breeders need to pay close attention to how they are breeding and stop over breeding. Maybe someday these wonderful little dogs will not be troubled anymore by slipping kneecaps.