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Bella And Her Luxating Patellas

Organized by: Michelle Pannone

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THE STORY:

My 4 year old dog Bella is my 2 year old daughter Isabella's best friend. Except, they have problems keeping up. Bella can not jump, and when she runs within seconds she is on 3 legs limping. She has floating knee caps called "luxating patellas" that do not stay in place and needs surgery to be correct her one knee (grade 2/3) knee to stay in place. The surgery would prevent early deterioration of the bones from the rubbing, early arthritius and prevent her last years from being pain filled. She is a wonderful dog and I could in no way let her suffer as she grew older. This $6,000 would drastically change her life (Chihuhua's live for a long time up to 15 years) and fix one of her knees. She does have the condition in both rear knees, however, only one is problmatic. Her other knee is a lesser grade and that usually is very comfortable. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Links to her condition:

http://www.google.com/url?url=http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/01/11/recognising-floating-knee-caps-in-pet-dogs.aspx&rct=j&frm=1&q=&esrc=s&sa=U&ei=ljSbU8TxBov2oASQ24CQBQ&ved=0CBQQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNFLAfiiDOw9wmYtPXjnZYNd-DcaJg

http://www.google.com/url?url=http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/01/11/recognising-floating-knee-caps-in-pet-dogs.aspx&rct=j&frm=1&q=&esrc=s&sa=U&ei=ljSbU8TxBov2oASQ24CQBQ&ved=0CBQQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNFLAfiiDOw9wmYtPXjnZYNd-DcaJg

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