I have a 20 month old Chihuaha mix. Saturday he fell awkwardly off the recliner arm, possibly hitting the wooden handle on that side. He lay on his side screaming I comforted him and he got up on three legs. I tried to check the leg and eventually he was toe touching, then using it gingerly.
Fortunately my vet was open and saw him a few hours later. She didnt find anything concerning until she used a good bit of pressure to luxate the patella. She said he was barely a grade 1 and should be fine. Sent me home with some carprofen.
The next morning he yelped again (I think he was gathering himself to jump). I helped push the patella back and he was shaken but okay. I figured only controlled exercise, but when I walked him that evening he had another small episode.
My googling had found a Big Clinic that works with braces and conservative treatment as well as surgery. Today I asked my vet for referral. My concern is that it is suddenly coming out repeatedly so something is stretched if not torn. I would love to be able to support it and have it hopefully tighten back up. Repeated luxations cant be good.
I had another bad knee dog, but his were more of the typical skipping and transient sticking type that didnt seem painful like this. He did ultimately have surgery…
Any words of advice?