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Luxating Patella


Luxating Patella, also known as trick knee or a floating patella, is a condition in which the patella (the kneecap) moves or become dislocated from its normal location. This is common condition seen in the smaller breed of dogs. It can also occur in cats, but has been linked with dogs more often than cats. Luxating Patella can sometimes be caused as result of trauma, but more often than not it is either caused from genetics or a developmental defect.

Certain breeds of dogs have been shown to have a predisposition for having Luxating Patella. The miniature and toy breed of dogs seem to be the most common. Some of these include the Russian Toy, Maltese, Jack Russell Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians and Boston Terriers. Pekingese, Chihuahuas and Papillion’s also seem to have a gene...