Monday, April 8, 2013

Luxtating Patellas, Arthritis, and Senioritis (Or "It Could Be A Lot Worse")

Thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers.  According to my family and I they were just what we needed.  I don’t have anything broken, fractured or torn.  What I do have is a case of Senioritis.  

All us Yorkies are susceptible to luxating patellas and the patella in my back left leg is luxating all over the place.  When the vet checked my leg she said she could feel the patella slipping in and out of place with each flex of my leg.  She also said she was sure I have arthritis.  

This is hereditary.  I got it from my Mom.  She has bad arthritis and had had two knees replaced.  On Friday Mommy got a novacaine shot in her neck that was supposed to help her neck pain and headaches.  Worked for about an hour.  Daddy refers to us as his two “broken girls.”

Anyway, back to me. The doctor said that they usually don’t treat this with surgery, and that I was not a good candidate for surgery anyway.  Both Mommy and I said right on sister.  She told Mommy I needed to be on the supplement Glucosamine and on Senior Food.  I am not crazy about being on Senior Food,   I have long avoided that term and threw everything from the AASD (American Association of Senior Dogs) in the trash.  But now I am going to have to embrace it.  I’m a Senior.  There are a lot worst things to be, and one much better thing, which is what I am, healthy in all the important areas.

There are restrictions, no more long walks, no climbing, no jumping on the furniture, but the good thing is there will be lots of carrying and I love to be carried.  Maybe with the supplements I will be back to 100% but Mommy doesn’t want me to take any chances.  If being a Senior Dog means more pampering than I am all for it.  Makes me wonder why I ever fought off being a Senior Dog for so long.

I want to thank you all for the prayers, the well wishes and the concern.  You really got us all through a hard time, but that’s what family is for and we know we can count of all of you.  Yorkie kisses and tiny hugs to all of you.  Now don’t be wasting anymore prayers on me, I am fine.  Plenty of pups in worse situations than mine can use the prayers.  I can’t thank you all enough.  Going to go sit on the porch and whittle, or maybe needlepoint, whatever Seniors do.

Thank you again.  


  1. You've got the right attitude! Embrace the senior years. Enjoy being loved upon and carried all over the place. Hey, senior food is not too bad :)

    And about the prayers.... Well, we're gonna send prayers your way anyway. We can always use them, right?

    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  3. So glad to hear you don't need surgery! Riley has luxating patellas too, but she's fine, so we're sure you will be too!


    Elyse and Riley

  4. No more long walks, jumping.....sheesh! We hope the supplements work.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  5. Guess me's a senior too. Glad you don't have any serious problems butt I'll send you some good vibes anyway. Us SENIORS have to stick together!

  6. Sending POTP and loads of good vibes. Good thing as you say you get to be carried and lots of TLC. Take it easy. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Good news! Being a Senior is a wonderful part of life even if you do have to take supplements and be carried around alot! We'll still send prayers and to your Mommy too!

  8. We feel you. Momma has JD and the Wendy on thuja, and old age is not for sissies for sure. I do have to tell you that JD loves his hot towels and his massages. Momma gives him long leg massages after she warms them up with hot moist towels. The boy just lays back and sleeps like he is a baby. [he is 11 yrs old!] And, we send you much love and good wishes.

  9. Poooooor Foley! Old age is not for wimps! Mama says to tell you (and your Mama) that Zyflamend by New CHapter Organics really helps her bad hips and it's dog friendly. Feel better my little friend. Maybe they'll get you one of those floats, like the ones the princesses ride at Disney! Then you won't have to walk.