The Drs: Dislocated Knee Cap In Dogs
The Doctors welcomed veterinarian Courtney Campbell to the show to answer a question about a beautiful dog named Essie May. Essie May’s owner, Angela, was told that her dog has a dislocated knee and needs surgery, but she wanted to get a second opinion because she had never seen a sign of it.
Dr Campbell said it’s important that Angela hasn’t seen any signs of her dog’s injury, saying that there are thousands, if not millions, of dogs out there that potentially have dislocated knee caps, otherwise known as patellar luxation. He explained that for some dogs, if their shin bone is oriented to the inside, the knee cap comes off to the inside, which can hurt. It has to stay right in the middle in order to avoid pain.
The Drs: Does Your Dog Need Surgery?
He felt Essie May’s legs to feel her range of motion and felt a grade-2 dislocated knee cap on one leg and a grade-1 on the other knee cap in her hind legs. The difference is that a grade-2 pops out and he can put it back into the groove. A grade-1 pops out occasionally but stays in the groove.
Dr Campbell said the way they determine if a dog needs surgery or not is if the owner has seen a sign of a problem. He said he would not do surgery on Essie May because she’s not limping. He also said there’s nothing she could do to prevent it because she was born that way. Dr Campbell said most dogs who have this condition will skip when they walk.
The Drs: Toxin-Free Insulation
The Doctors then shared an update on their Million Dollar Healthy Home. Dr Rachael Ross took a look at the progress, sharing that the home was being insulated with Knauf Insulation, which is the world’s first plant-based formaldehyde-free insulation binder. Those toxins that we’re exposed to every day are called volatile organic compounds, and research actually tells us the air inside our homes can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside our home, which is why the insulation is so great.
Dr Ross explained that insulation doesn’t only keep you warm, it actually keeps you cool in the summer as well. The home will work to reduce your energy bill. She said every detail of the home is designed to keep you healthy. Even better news is that one of The Doctors’ viewers will win the home this spring, so be sure to watch the show every week for the clue you need to enter for a chance to win.