• A large dog ran at my puppy and hurt his leg to the point that he couldn't walk on it for a few days. When we took him to another veterinary hospital, they did an x-ray and said he dislocated his knee, that it happens a lot in little dogs, and that the only way to fix it would be surgery. Is that the only way?

    Without seeing the x-rays and performing an orthopedic exam on your pet, I cannot really answer your question. One cause of this can be when the knee cap moves out of place. That is something that is seen more frequently in small dogs. If this is the primary issue, then surgery is usually the best option for treatment.

    I recommend that you talk to the veterinarian that made the diagnosis. They can answer any questions that you have about the need for the surgery. They can also discuss other treatment options with you.


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