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'There is no therapist in the world as effective as an adoring bichon.'
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: All information contained on these pages is offered as a helpful service.  It it not intended as medical counsel or taking the place of professional guidance. Please seek the services of  a competent veterinarian or professional dog trainer at the first indication of problems.

Patellar Luxation

Patellar luxation is a knee problem in which the knee cap does not track properly.  This problem is inheritable and only correctable via surgery.  OFA will assign a certified number to dogs that are 12 months or older that have been found to be free of luxating patellas by a veterinarian.  When patella luxation is found, it is rated grade 0 for normal ... and 1 through 4 reflects mild cases up to grade 4 which is the most severe form of luxation. (NOTE: Some orthopedic veterinarians use 1-5 base)

Medially Luxating Patella
GREAT article with photos
Our thanks to Dr. Stephen Metcalf

Good Layman's Overview
Our thanks to Dr. Teri Dickinson

Luxating Patella
Race Foster, DVM   &  Marty Smith, DVM
Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
Definition, Guidelines and Diagnosis

Click here

Be informed-make educated choices:
Please purchase any puppy only from a responsible breeder
who uses breeding dogs rated by OFA for patellar luxation.
You don't want to knowingly purchase physical problems.
If irresponsible breeders have no market for their inferior pups,
they will stop breeding them.  That is the only way we'll ever
stop the abuse of breeding dogs. Talk to their pocketbook.