Cooper’s Kickstand Troubles: One Year Later
It’s been a year already since Cooper was diagnosed with luxating patella.
We’ve noticed no improvements in the condition of his leg, infact it seemed to be getting worse as he grew up. He only uses it about 30% of the time, which has caused a lot of muscle loss, and his paw seemed to be deformed.
Cooper went to the vet for his yearly exam. His condition has worsened to grade 4 luxating patella (the most severe where the kneecap is always displaced) and his leg grew abnormally, which may be a congential condition. His tibia grew curved and is shorter than his good leg.
Extensive reconstructive surgery is an option for Cooper to regain full use of his leg, but it was decided to leave it be since this condition is not life threatening or causing him any pain. Someday if he no longer uses the leg at all and it becomes a problem or painful, he could face amputation.
Cooper is a happy and healthy little pup, and I can’t see causing him pain to use a limb he has learned to adapt without.
Cooper has faced many trials and tribulations in his short little life, and he is proving he is quite the survivor pup and can tackle just about anything that comes his way!