Patellar Luxation

OFA Patellar Luxation Information  

Patellar Luxation is a condition that affects the kneecap (patella) in dogs. The patella is dislocated from its normal position in the groove of the thigh bone.  It is a common condition in dogs, can be congenital, and dogs may exhibit varying degrees of lameness. If left untreated the condition can lead to arthritis and orthopedic problems. Because patellar luxation may be an inherited condition, breeders must take care to eliminate this condition from their breeding program.

For certification from OFA a simple evaluation by a veterinarian is done after 12 months of age and the application submitted to OFA. Evaluations can also be done as early as 6-8 weeks of age prior to the puppy’s release to a new home and should be part of the well-puppy checkup.