My 5 months old Indian Pariah suddenly developed hind legs weakness.

My 5 months old Indian Pariah suddenly developed hind legs weakness.Walks with both hands very close to each other, severely cow hocked.Went for an X-ray, and doc said bilateral patellar luxation. Has suggested surgery. But can this condition lead to weakness?Online forums say this condition restricts movement and dogs feel pain when luxation happens. What shall I do?How can I upload the X ray here?
· 2019-06-30T01:08:18+0530 30 Jun 2019 1:08 am


· 2020-03-17T18:03:08+0530 17 Mar 2020 6:03 pm
Your Pariah has been diagnosed with bilateral patella luxation which in layman’s terms is atrick knee. This particular condition is one in which the kneecap or patella as it is called iseither dislocated or has moved out of its normal location. It is a common condition in dogsand normally becomes evident between four and six months. Your Pariah is in this zone.There could be various causes for this condition. It may be caused by a blunt trauma,inherited through genetics or by obesity. However, more often it is a developmentalcongenital defect in which it is frequently bilateral.To diagnose the condition palpation of the knee is checked to see if it slips inside the jointmore than expected. If you have been told that your dog has a “loose knee” but rememberthat this is not a medical term. A luxating patella may be present without the knee beingloose.Symptoms like intermittent limping in the rear leg could be mild or absent in luxating patellawhile in extreme cases it may lead to lameness. Methods of diagnosis include a physicalexamination and manual manipulation.There are four recognized diagnostic grades of this condition. When the patella returns tothe normal position after being luxated then it is Grade I. Grade two is indicated when thepatella can be luxated manually or spontaneously. It remains that way till it is manuallyreduced or the animal extends the joint and releases the tibia. Grade III and IV are moresevere conditions. The patella remains luxated for most of the time in the former while it ispermanently luxated in the latter.If your Pariah is suffering from Grade II, III, or IV it will need surgery if it has difficultywalking. The kind of surgery depends on the type of abnormality present. Usuallyrealignment of the attachment of the patella tendon on the tibia does the job. Some GradeIV conditions may need more complicated surgery.If your dog is severely cow hocked then it is suffering from a Grade IV condition and isdefinitely in pain. Your doctor has given you the correct suggestion. If you want moreinformation and guidance you can upload your X-Ray plate.There are special x-ray digitizers by which you can digitise the x-ray film. These are difficultto get and you cannot scan an x-ray in any ordinary computer scanner. You can find outwhether the x-ray is a conventional one or a digital. If it is the latter, you can request theinstitution to hand it over to you in a pen drive or a CD or even mail it to you.You can also hold the x-ray film against a window and use your phone to take a photo. Youcan also take a photo or a screenshot on your computer. Go to the
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