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Pepsi's Luxating Patella Story

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Febuary 2007

Pepsi jumped off the sofa and was screaming uncontrollably for what seemed an eternity.

To cut a long story short we rushed her to the vet who thought her problem was the same as Max's

On getting X-ray results the vet has found two areas on the X-ray around the knee that he cant explain and has referred Pepsi to a specialist for a months time. Pepsi is now on pain relief and rest,

March 19th

Due to the amount of pain Pepsi returned to the vet today (19th) it has been confirmed Pepsi's has a Luxating patella,(detailed description HERE), her knee joint keeps popping out of the socket, no matter how many times the vet popped it back in it came back out

Pepsi has had her pain relief increased and is in alot of discomfort.

30th March

On the 28th Pepsi starting vomiting bile after taking Rimadyl, the vet recommended stopping the tablets and to see how she goes, by the following morning Pepsi was back screaming in pain, she is now taking Metacam, a non-steroidal anti inflammatory, so far Pepsi is coping ok,

Roll on April 13th when Pepsi sees a specialist, its heart breaking seeing her in such discomfort and pain :(

14th April

Well Pepsi saw the specialist yesterday, he told us that the surgery on Pepsi's leg cannot be left, the problem is a genetic deformity, you can view Pepsi's X-Ray pictures HERE,

The reason why Pepsi screamed so bad and for so long when she originally hurt her leg last month was the tendon holding her knee in place had ripped, the knee bone was held in place because of the tendon, but this had over stretched and torn.

We have also been told Pepsi's left leg is probably going to end up the same way, you can see in detail on the x-ray link page above.

The specialist has told us the price of the surgery is around 1300 not including the consiltation fee.

We are now waiting to see if Pepsi's insurance will cover the costs.

More news as we get it.....

11th May

Good news the specialist rang today, our insurance company is covering the cost of Pepsi's surgery.

Pepsi will have her operation on the 17th of May which is 6 days away, we are so nervous.

Please keep Pepsi in your thoughts and say a little pray for her ;)

18th May

Pepsi has had her luxating patella op

Pepsi Post Op

On the 17th of May Pepsi had her luxating patella fixed, she is such a brave girl. The total cost of Pepsi's operation and treatment cost were just over 1500

Pepsi cried all the way to the specialist she could sense there was something going on.
When we arrived at the specialists there was a huge choclate brown labrador in the waiting room, all happy to greet Pepsi as we walked (dragged lol) her in, Pepsi as you can imagine wasnt quite as enthusiastic, her little eyes popped of her head.

Anyway to cut to the chase, the nurse told us all about what would happen with Pepsi, and sedated her whilst we were with her as she could see how stressed Pepsi was aswell as how clingy she was to us.
We left Pepsi at around 9:30am and were told to give them a ring around 3:30pm to see how things were.
It was such a long day sitting and waiting, Margaret rang and was told Pepsi was still coming around from the anaesthetic but was doing ok.

At 5:30 we could bring her home, when we arrived the nurse told us all the do's and dont's of what to do over the next 3mths,
Then she took us through to get Pepsi, she looked so small huddled up in a cage, eyes all droopy, but her tailed wagged as soon as we walked in, bless her.
We couldnt wait to get her home her brother Max had missed her all day and was obviously stressed not to have his lil sis with him again, they hate being apart.

To cut a long story short (ish) the operation has gone well but as you can image although on pain killers and antibiotics Pepsi is in considerable pain and discomfort. She is cuddled up with her giant duck on her fav cushion as i type looking so pretty, as you can see from the photos below.
Brother and sister reunited, they are so close and love each other so much.

It will be 3mths before Pepsi is fully recovered but its so good to know that every day Pepsi will get stronger and stronger.

Pepsi sees our local vet in 10 days time to have a check up and her stitches removed.

More news soon.........

28th May

We took Pepsi to her regular vet today to have her stitches taken out, the vet is pleased with her progress although he says she is still a little pale and run down but this is obviously owing to the surgery and the after effects.
Pepsi is to remain on metacam pain relief for at least the next 4wks and her exercise is to remain severely restricted for the next 2 months.
We are so pleased with Pepsi's progress however we are sure people who have gone or are going through similar experiences will know how nerve shattering and time consuming it is ensuring their dogs dont injure themselves, or go to jump up etc, especially when accompanied by a big brother wanting to play lol
more news later..

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31st May

Well great news! today we can breathe, Pepsi's insurance company has covered Pepsi's operation and treatment costs of over 1500
What a relief we cant begin to tell you how many sleepless nights we have had worrying. We cant stress enough the importance of pet insurance and highly recommend Pepsi's insurers, they have been and continue to be supportive and helpful in every way you can find them at

13th June

Pepsi is continuing to make good progress, the main problem at the moment is keeping her still lol,
She finishes her painkillers on Friday, hopefully she wont need to continue taking them as the pain will of eased,
She so wants to be able to run around with Max, he does all he can to try and get her to place chase, for now he has to make do with wrestling my youngest son Martin.
We shall keep you posted on what happens

30th June

Pepsi is doing really well, she still walks and holds her leg in an odd way, which we shall be mentioning to the specialist when she sees him on July 9th.

We dont know if this is normal in such cases???
We will post more after the 9th

13th July

Pepsi saw the specialist on July 9th, and he is more than pleased with her,
She can now start having more exercise, and its more a case of trial and error as to what Pepsi can do.
The specialist has ensured us that the worst that could possibly happen now is she could strain her leg,
as you can imagine we have been imagining all sorts about what could happen, anyway, thanks to all who sent Pepsi best wishes!
more news soon...

October 25th

Pepsi is thriving, you would never think that only a few months ago she hardly moved, we shall be posting up to date pics of Pepsi, Max and Baby very soon!

10th Feb 2008

Well 9 months later Pepsi is fitter and healthier than we ever expected, there is no way you could ever know that Pepsi had had any patella problems
we could not be happier!