one year ago I adopted Balou. During that time he has made a change from being a frightened and shy stray to opening up and growing into a gentle and friendly dog.
During our first walks together I noticed that that he walked with a limb. I called the Animal Protection Association where I got him from. They assured me that he was being checked by a vet before he was put up for adoption and told me not to worry, as his limb could have been caused simply by the long transport from Romania to Germany.
After nearly two weeks there was still no sign of improvement, so I decided to take him to a vet. It turned out that his leg had been broken (presumably he got hit by a car when he was a puppy). The broken bones healed, but his slipped patella remained on the side of his leg. The vet said it would be possible to adjust it through an operation.
Devastated by this diagnosis, I asked the Animal Protection Service for help and they send me to a veterinary hospital. After the first appointment the vet was very confident he could help me and confirmed the first diagnosis. On the day of the operation though, he decided to take another look and changed his mind. He said because Balou was still in growth when the accident occurred, his tendons and ligaments were now way too short to move the patella back into place. He suggested we leave it the way it was, saying Balou had adjusted to his injury and assured me that he was not in pain and his limp just a "technical" one.
Everything went well, until three weeks ago when the limp suddenly got worse. Sometimes he walks only on three legs or refuses to walk at all. An appointment at the vet confirmed by biggest concern: the previous diagnosis and the resulting treatment was wrong, and the limb is caused by pain. To make sure we can actually help him this time and to see if his joint has gotten worse during this year, we need a blood test and several X-rays to decide on the right treatment. The goal is to make him pain free and improve his quality of life so he can finally enjoy long walks again, jumping and running happily as he used to.
Unfortunately, this preliminary examination and the treatment itself will cost a lot of money, which for me as a student is not easy to afford. That will not stop me from trying, because I can't stand to see him in pain and simply giving him painkillers (often making him sick and evidently damaging the internal organs) for the rest of his life is not an option.
Learning about Balou's injury and the latest developments, many people who love him as dearly as I do offered their help and came up with the idea of setting up a donation website for him. I am very grateful for any kind of support to help Balou live the painless and happy life he deserves after having survived living on the streets.
Thank you so much for your support, Balou and I truly appreciate it!