“2020 will be the year without vet visits”
Theme: Joints & Movement, Luxating Patella
On the day before New Year’s Eve 2019, Ruth’s hudad said, “2020 becomes the year without a visit to the veterinarian.” You might think that he jinxed it, unfortunately, you’d be right! On New Year’s Eve, Ruth jumped down from the last step to the yard and began limping, but the limp came and went. Sometimes she hopped on three legs, then walked normally again. Of course, we booked an appointment with the veterinarian, January 7th.
There, she got diagnosed with patellar luxation, and we were referred to an orthopedist in Sundsvall. On January 21st, we had an appointment at Evidensia Veterinärhuset. The days before were filled with anxiety about the possibility of her needing surgery. But as time passed, she got better and we noticed that her hopping on three legs decreased, which gave us hope that it might not be as bad as we thought.
When we drove to Sundsvall, we prepared for the worst, that she would need surgery, so it could only get better!
But it could get worse. One bad knee became two bad knees, with one knee needing surgery in a week and the other knee also needing an operation. Both knees have medial grade two patellar luxation, where the kneecap pops out on its own or when touched.
We are incredibly grateful for all the help we have received! We have had a wonderful support system and an incredibly professional team around us who have really done everything to give Ruth the best. We are very happy that we did the surgeries on Ruth and to see her feeling so comfortable in her body today. It was an incredibly tough time, with a lot of worry about something happening during the healing process. And a long period of rest that needed to be observed, and loads of rehabilitation. But with that I have developed, as I have learned so many new things. And I am absolutely sure that our relationship has grown even more thanks to this.
You operated on Ruth at a fairly young age. Didn’t you want to wait and see if she would get better?
Good question! But no. There was no possibility of building up Ruth’s muscles to help her patella, it was an operation that was required. If we had waited longer it would have been a more extensive operation. As for example, the groove in the kneecap is worn away, which means that a new one needs to be carved. The risk of arthritis also increases significantly if you let the dog have PL for a long time.