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Puppy Pugs leg goes limp.

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Hi! My daughter's, one year old pug, Punky, quite suddenly had one leg go completely limp after simply turning around while walking. It lasted about a minute and then she went outside and was running around like crazy. This little episode has happened three times within the day. We have 4 pugs amonst our families and Punky's back legs are somewhat bowed, unlike the other pugs. We have felt her hip joints sort of pop when holding her on our laps since she was tiny. I've heard of hip dysplasia but I'm not sure what that is - displaced hips? Could you enlighted me a little about our problem and what we need to do about this? You time and help will be greatly appreciated. CHRIS
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.
Does she flex the leg, refuse to put weight on it and then seem fine after she flexes (extends) it a few times?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: Thank you for your time and interest!

Yes she does! Then she runs around like nothing happened. It happened three times within a day.

Thanks again,
CHRIS
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

It sounds like your pet has luxating patellas. In layman's terms, this means wiggly kneecaps. The kneecap pops out of place and they flex the leg to pop it back in. Then they play as normal.


There are effective surgeries that can fix this but many dogs live a life time with this condition and never have it repaired.


You should have your vet examine the knees the next time you see him for a regular exam.


Let me know if you still have questions.

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