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Question by anita
Submitted on 1/30/2004
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I have a 12 week old chi, he is perfectly normal he runs and plays a lot but  I can hear little pops like a knee sounds when its popping, Is this normal?

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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Take him to a vet right away, it sounds like your chi might have what is called 'slipped kneecaps' which means the kneecap can slip from side to side, this is also referred to as Luxating Patellas.  This is something chihuahuas are prone to, it is genetic and passed on from parents to puppies.  Large breeds are prone to another problem, but with them it's hip dysplasia where the ball of the femur doesn't stay in the hip socket.

One of my two has a very mild case of luxating patellas, in her right knee only, it may not ever need anything other than medication for pain if she develops arthritis in her old age.  The other is free of this problem.  

In some cases, it is severe enough to require surgery, which is best done while the dog is young, to reduce damage to the tendons and cartilage of the knee itself.

Obviously, a dog with this condition should not be bred, as it would quite possibly be passed on to another generation, my girls are both sterilized.


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