This was the dogs getting their Xmas treats when we got home to them. They were VERY happy to see us and happy to be back home.
I found out a few weeks ago that Pickles has a medial luxating patella. To correct it, he needs surgery costing over $1000. So I am saving up all my pennies for him to have the surgery, and be back to normal.
When I first found out what was going on I searched and searched the internet for more info, and here is a collection of those links.
This is another reason why you should buy from a reputable breeder rather than a puppy miller/backyard breeder. Pickles was a rescue, and we're pretty sure he came from a backyard breeder ... and his health issues are a pretty good tell tale sign. A reputable breeder would not breed two dogs if either had leg issues, if either had skin issues,if either had Shar Pei fever, etc ... but a backyard breeder has a male and female and lets see what we get type of attitude. Then they get their cash for their puppies and you get the heartache as you puppy grows and problem after problem occurs ... most genetic and preventable.
Here are those links!
Dr. Jeff Vidt has a section here on luxating patellas, I love the diagrams and pictures.
A site called Vet Surgery Central Inc has a section here about it, stating:
Surgery has approximately a 90% success rate.
An article by Ron Hines DVM PhD located here goes into great detail about everything
Wikipedia has a bit of information here