Josie is a young woman with cerebral palsy and Barry, our dog, has a patellar luxation (see below), on both rear knees. He is only seven so has plenty of life left in him yet. In order to fix this painfull and debilitating condition he needs an operation on each knee, as I am a full time carer of Josie who’s dog is so important to her, we can’t fund all of this ourselves and would appreciate any help to get Barry back on his feet.
Patellar luxation is a common musculoskeletal disease commonly seen in many dog breeds. Before we try and figure out what exactly is a luxating patella, we must first familiarize ourselves with the anatomy and biomechanics of the stifle (knee) joint.
To keep things simple dogs have a kneecap that’s highly moveable this—the patella. This kneecap fits comfortably in the groove of the femur bone (Patellofemoral groove) and when a dog flexes or extends it’s knee, then the kneecap slides up and down.
Patella luxation simply means that the kneecap is no longer able to slide across this groove, therefore, the kneecap has become dislocated