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Hi Randy. Did you not see my answer to your last question?It depends on how bad the luxating patellas are. They are usually graded as 1,2, or 3 depending on how far they luxate and how shallow the groove the patella normally sits in is. Grade one does not need surgery, grade 3 will be pretty lame unless surgery is done.You should find a surgery specialist who has done many of these. I would not have an inexperienced surgeon do the surgery. In the hands of an experienced specialist, the outcome with surgery is usually good.Alternative treatment to surgery is keeping the dog thin and light, pain medications, and joint supplements.I would recommend (if you can) finding someone who has done many of these before, and finding out from that person if this is grade 1, 2 or 3.Let me know what other questions you have.
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