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Boston Terrier Showing Signs Of A Knee Or Hip Problem?

July 28th, 2008 · 15 Comments

Like any other breed, Boston terriers love to go for their “walkies”, but you may find that your dog is acting strangely when he or she is taken for a walk, and this could be causing your concern.

For example, if you take your Boston terrier for a walk and the dog seems to be avoiding walking on one of its legs then this could be a sign that there is a problem.

If you find that your dog is sometimes walking on all fours but at other times tends to walk on only three paws, and seems to sometimes avoid putting one particular paw down or putting pressure on it then this could be the early warning signs of a hip or knee problem, which is something that many dog breeds are susceptible to.

Of course, the first thing to do is take your dog to the vets to get him checked over.

The problem may not be a joint problem at all, and may be something as simple as an injury to one of the pads on his paws, which can easily be rectified. You may also find that the vet finds nothing wrong with the paw at all upon initial inspection.

However, even if the vet finds that there is nothing wrong from a quick check up, but your dog persists in keeping one paw off the ground, then it is worth getting him checked over again, as it may need further investigation in case it is the first sign of a hip or knee problem.

There is no need to worry, as often problems such as these can be treated with relative ease, such as rest and medication, although the exact treatment and recovery time can depend on the age and general health of your Boston terrier.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Louise // Aug 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    My girl has patellar luxation (sp?) and used yelp when her knee caps would slip out. Over time she learned to handle it, but this spring she quit using one leg most of the time. We had surgery, and it’s slow going. I don’t know that she’s using the leg any more now. And I’m worried about her ‘good’ leg.

  • 2 Kelly // Mar 11, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    My BT Addy has petellar luxation also. My vet gave me anti-inflamatory pills because she would kick her leg out and pop her knee back into place. He refered to it as it’s like when an older person has a trick knee. It just pops out occasionally.

    He also told me generally it’s only a hip problem in big dogs and with little dogs like bosties it’s the knee.

  • 3 John Hill // Apr 9, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Leeloo had the patella luxation surgery: $2,500. Took about 6 weeks recovery. Had a hysterectomy at same time, since vet thought she could pass on the genetic problem to her pups if she had any. You would never know she ever had a problem now: before the surgery, she routinely favored one of her hind legs. Now she doesn’t favor it at all and runs other dogs in the park in circles.

  • 4 Kristy // Apr 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    My BT is going in for knee surgery this week. What are some rehab exercises you did with your BT to help them recover? How long after the surgery did you start? How long after the surgery did they start feeling better?

  • 5 Cristy // Jul 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    My 9month puppy just had the surgery, it’s been 2 weeks only and she already uses her leg a lot.. this surgeon is amazing! They will probably have to operate the other knee aswell and spay her too

  • 6 Tooleh // Aug 10, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    My Tooleh is now 20 months. She had an operation for her left hind patellar luxation when she was 10 months old. Everything is perfect after that. Now she has been limping on the other hind leg for 3 weeks. We just took her to a vet. She said my dog has a mild patellar luxation. No need for surgery YET. just use anti-inflammatory and we will wait and see.

  • 7 frank c // Aug 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I have to get my BT surgery for LP also. Lux.Patella. I am worried because he is about 30 lbs… Has anyone had LP surgery done on a heavy BT?
    thank you.

  • 8 Karon // Aug 26, 2009 at 9:56 am

    My BT is having the LP surgery next week, Kristy how did it go?? What do we do to help with rehabilitation??? I’m a wreck about it!

  • 9 Cassandra // Dec 10, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Mt BT had her surgery about 2 1/2 weeks ago and has yet put her leg down. Im curious what other people have done to stretch and help heal the leg. Also how long till she will start using her leg again? Thanks for the support.

  • 10 Patricia // Jan 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Did anyone get a second opinion on this condition? Our BT just got diagnosed.

  • 11 Kelly // Feb 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    My 10 month old BT was just diagnosed. I noticed his limping a little over a month ago. I didn’t ask about the stage at which my Boston is presently in.

  • 12 Kelly // Feb 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Has anyone tried supplements? I am reading up on one called NuVet. My vet didn’t give me any options, other than surgery. Are the supplements not helpful for LPs?

  • 13 Amanda // Mar 16, 2010 at 10:05 am

    My Boston had LP surgery on both legs at the same time. He was right about a year old when he had the surgery and weighed 20 lbs. He recovered slowly, but very well. He’s now almost 7 years old and hasn’t had any problems since. He’s just as feisty as ever and doesn’t even have any signs of arthritis yet.
    To aid in healing, we were told to put warm packs on the knees (while holding the dog). I think the ones we used were like bags of rice that we microwaved or something. Supposed to help with increasing blood circulation to the area.
    Cassandra-I would be a little concerned if the dog hasn’t put her leg down yet. Our dog was walking just fine on both legs right when we picked him up from surgery and never favored again.
    We had our surgery done @ K-State Vet school and the patellas were pinned in place. Wonderful facility!
    Good luck everyone!

  • 14 tommy // Mar 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    My Louie is 11 months old and is going in for the surgery next week. We’ll let you know…

  • 15 Liza Wardell // May 28, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Hi, My BT just had surgery on one knee today.
    I am still confused as to how soon to let him put weight on the knee. And what kind of physical therapy is out there for dogs. Thanks.

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