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From: Bonnie Tormohlen
Date: 2012-02-22 16:32:53 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Luxating Patella
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There are many causes for luxated (dislocated) patellas including genetics and obesity.  They can be repaired by an experienced ortho surgeon.  Not sure how well ferrets handle this condition, but it is very painful in dogs especially as they age.  They tend to develop arthritis and bone spurs around the knee that require pain meds and steroids for relief.
Gently massaging the patella back into place daily and hydrotherapy are helpful adjunct treatments.  Make sure the ferret always has stable flooring, no slippery surfaces that aggravate arthritis, and try to prevent excessive jumping and climbing.

Bonnie Tormohlen
Managing Director
Northern Arizona Ferret Alliance & Rescue, Inc

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