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May Musculoskeletal Month - Medial Luxating Patellas


In this condition, the patella (kneecap) is displaced to an abnormal position, usually medially In more than half of cases, both hindlimbs are affected

It is a common issue in small dogs, but can occur in large dogs

Although rare, it can occur in cats, and of course, my little lemon cat is one of them!

This condition is characterized by grades I-IV and the clinical signs (which can range from mild to severe skipping, limping and abnormal limb carriage)

Surgery is usually recommended for Grade II’s and above



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3) Yin, S. A. (2010). The small animal veterinary nerdbook. Davis, CA: CattleDog Pub.




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