First of all, thank you so much for all of your kind words, thoughts and prayers for Max, it is comforting to know that you all ready care for him and it means so very much to me and to
Maggie Mae. :)
We have good news and some not so good news about Max. The good news is that Max's hips are fine, no signs of hip dysplasia, the not so good news is that the x-rays did find a problem with the joint in his left leg....
"Another common problem that can occur in the elbow of dogs is osteochonritis dissecans (osteochonrosis) in which a flap of cartilage breaks loose within the joint causing pain when it is trapped between the cartilaginous elements of the joint. Too rapid a growth rate, genetic factors and trauma to the joint can all play a part in causing this disease. These flaps or joint mice need to be removed surgically. Because genetics plays a part in this disease, these dogs should not be bred."
So it is off to the surgeon for Max. :( Our vet is going to call me in a few days after he has consulted with the surgeon (who is someone we know and trust, he worked on our previous boxer Samantha), then we can go ahead and make the appointments. The perils of a rescued or adopted animal, you don't know their health history or genetics.
I am just so thankful that he is ours because we love him so much and he will get the all the care he needs, if he was on the streets...
Thanks again for your support, it means so much.
We will keep you posted.
Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max