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dislocated knee in jack russel terrior

Posted by:  Hannah Walton
Category:   Medical
Posted on:  November 02, 2002 at 10:16:53


I have a jack russel puppy 11 months old and my vet has told me that she suffers from a tendancy to dislocate the femur joint in one of her back legs. He also said that it was not a particularly bad case. And his advice was to leave it unless it began to cause her pain. I am aware that this condition can lead to arthritus, and my questions are: a) is there a optimum time to have the operation in terms of age and degree of disability so as to prevent arthritus. b) are there any alternative treatments such as diet, or manipulation and should she avoid any kind of strenous exercise.