This is Diesel, an 8-month-old Chihuahua. Diesel and his sister were playing pretty rough one night, shortly after Diesel was limping and acting uncomfortable. His mom was hoping he just tweaked something and would feel better the next day, but the next day he wasn't putting any pressure on his leg. Being a responsible pet parent, Diesel's mom took him to the vet to determine what was happening.
At the vet they found out that during Diesel's wrestling session the night before, his sister knocked his knee out of place, and now Diesel needed a RidgeStop™ implant.
Patellar luxation in the dog is almost as common as an ACL rupture. In this condition, the patella (kneecap) will come out of the groove toward the inside of the knee, making the knee appear to lock in a bent position. Also referred to as slip knee, patella luxation can cause issues like cartilage damage, inflammation, pain, and even ligament tears. All of this can be very painful for a pup.
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Surgery is the best way to help with this condition; and as you can imagine, surgery can be quite an expense. Diesel's mom is on a limited income, and just a few months prior used her savings for one of Diesel's siblings who was very sick. She was hoping to build her savings up before needing to go to the vet again, but Diesel was sure to keep her on her toes. She applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help, and we were happy to help with the emergency veterinary costs.
Diesel's mom is hoping everyone can play a little safer and she can build up her emergency savings once again.
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