EVENT DATE: Oct 22, 2013
Max does have a number of problems, some we knew about on adoption, and some we didn’t. We knew he had Hypothyroidism and some Arthritis. One of his first stops was to the Vet we used when we had cats (one was Hypothyroidic also) for an assessment and it was clear there was more attention he needed so he went back on Friday, Sep. 20 for X-Rays and Bloodwork. We now know that Max has a metal plate in his right hind leg that was part of a TPLO (Tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) procedure to fix a Ruptured CCL (Cranial Cruciate Ligament) he received on duty. (This came along with other related injuries such as muscle tearing and a damaged meniscus.) Sadly, The Radiographs shows that max has the same injury in his left knee and probably needs a similar procedure on his left side that he’s already had on the right. These injuries has lead to some pretty severe Arthritis in both knees which causes him considerable pain, although he refuses to show it most of the time. His blood work is being checked to see what kind of pain medication he can tolerate.