:Moving on..or what about knees?

While the humans fret about Champ’s encounter with the pit, Champ
himself has forgotten all about it.  He’s a happy little camper again. 
He looks a bit worse for wear, with all those bald spots, but he got up
this morning singing and dancing and wanting to eat, play, chew, nap.

I took him to my regular vet yesterday afternoon for a check-up on his
wounds, and because he was worrying a raw red area around the base of
his tail.  My “regular vet” is actually an office with three women
doctors, and the doctor who saw him yesterday had not seen him before. 
(When he first got here we saw one of them for his check up;  when he
got hurt we went to the emergency vet which is closer to my house.) 
Anyway, she declared his wounds to be healing well and gave us an extra
three days of Clavamox just to be sure.  For his irritated butt, she
checked his anal glands, and they were probably the cause of his
distress — one was full, one was impacted.  For the rashiness she
advised me to use some Gentacin that I had gotten previously for a hot
spot Raji had.  It’s already looking better this morning.

While she was checking him over, she asked me if he limped, and I told
her that I had not noticed, but that everything about him had been a bit
irregular over the past week, so it was hard to tell for sure.  She said
his left rear leg was definitely less developed than the right.  I
mentioned that this breed often presents with luxating patella, and she
checked his back knees.  Sure enough…..two luxating patellas, one of
which she said was “probably almost never in”, and probably the reason
that one of his legs was significantly more muscular than the other.

I’ve never noticed the hop-walk that I’ve seen in dogs who have been
pointed out to me as having luxating patella, so I guess he’s adjusted
or….okay, end of what I know about lp.  Apparently he’s got it.  I
know his son, Vajra walks the walk (looks like he’s skipping when he
walks), so it’s not surprising.

Anyway, Champ is doing is favorite thing:  napping on the couch on the
front porch.  Here are a few pix.





One Comment on “:Moving on..or what about knees?”

  1. lhasalhady says:

    Luxating patellas (slipping knee caps) are an issue within the Gompa dog gene pool. All dogs under my care – and most of the breeding dogs in Virginia – have had their knees graded. Because there are very few Gompa dogs, removing dogs with luxating patellas from the gene pool would be disastrous. The initial breeding plan included pairing dogs with good knees with dogs with not-so-good knees; each generation working toward a larger percentage of good knees. This is a sound breeding practice (and one that should be utilized when using genetic tests). Severe selection on a trait can cause unwanted, unintended consequences to a gene pool.

    As you all know, with the difficulty I’ve had getting Gompa puppies into this world, I’ve had to make adjustments in my initial plan. Another plus in introducing Keeper is his rock solid rear structure. No slippery knees on that boy!

    Slipping stifles in another term used for luxating patellas. Slipping stifles are not uncommon in the breed, in general. Fortunately, this has not been an issue with the FFT dogs. Julie, correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t recall an FFT dog with luxating patellas. Can you? Surely, there’s been a few… However, those wouldn’t have been used in the breeding program. The FFT breeding program is an entirely different situation than the Gompa dog breeding program. We have the luxury of making selections based on details. Not so with the Gompas! Maybe one day I’ll get there. If I live to be old enough!

    Luxating patellas can be genetic or injury caused. It is a common injury where I live because of the rocky, uneven terrain. There is often a direct correlation between the weight of the dog and injury caused luxation. The approach varies from veterinarian to veterinarian, ranging from wait-and-see to preventative surgery. I am not a proponent of preventative (unnecessary) surgery.

    Several years ago, I met with Marty Peace, a canine physical therapist, to learn what could be done to keep knees as healthy as possible. She had some great suggestions. I’ll dig those out, if any one is interested. I should get them into an article and post on both websites anyway.

    Current thoughts on canine cruciate ligament disease

    Relationship between age and tibial plateau angle in dogs with cranial cruciate rupture

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