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Luxating patella

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Luxating patella

Owners of some dogs may notice that they often 'hop' on one of their back legs carrying the other. This strange behavior may be caused by an unstable kneecap or 'patella'. Although most common in small breeds of dog any breed of dog can be affected. Most dogs show clinical signs of lameness less than one year of age. The condition can be mild and occasionally can be managed conservatively but the majority of animals will need an operation to correct the problem if they are to have a normal, active life.

Stifle: luxating patella - radiograph CrCd ©Animal Health Trust

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