SIGNS TO WATCH FOR :
Since Max was comfortable, let’s see if his pooping was regular, perhaps he has a stomach issue at best or an obstruction at worst . Blood in his poop?
Let’s look if there is blood in his urine or if it has a foul smell, it could be as simple as a UTI kidney infection or at worst let us know he may have an injury to the kidney.
How is his appetite?
Does he have a hard time going both up and down stairs or does it seem down gives him trouble and up is normal?
There are many things to look for and journal, when watching an injury.
Luckily Max only exhibited difficulty going upstairs , this pointed to more of a muscle or ligament injury . If it was both up and down, with the tender flank area, it could have still been Gastro, UTI , Kidney.
Additionally his urine was clear and did not smell, when its a UTI sometimes the aroma is pungent and can reach a persons nostrils 5/6 ft above.
Still he did not squat and he lifted his leg very little and took an looooong time peeing.
So an infection was not off the table just yet .
But some good news later on because Max was able to poop !
Only Dog Parents are happy about that lol! Max pooped both that day and the next ! Bonus - it was normal and well formed- so neither blockage or infection seem to be the problem.
At this point I was leaning towards back /muscle sprain .
Still, Age and Genetics also have to be taken into consideration.
Max’s linage, his genetic line is known for ACL, knee, back, issues as well as neurological and heart diseases. So genetics had to be given serious consideration.
Additionally, environment, always needs to be considered with thought given to;
any new lawn care products , pesticides, new foliage, plants, mulch. .... many can cause gastro issues and let's not forget new household products , or even treats and food..
Max's environment, is my environment and lifestyle , its been home for for generations of boxers and has not caused any of my boxer buddies to have any of the afore mentioned issues.
Due to Covid - ACV had to be substituted with white vinegar in my DIY household cleaning formulas, but not much else had changed that concerned Max.
The MOST IMPORTANT THING I DID AFTER MAX'S EXAMINATION
WAS TO GIVE Max 2 NUJOINT DS wafers .
NuJoint DS , has MSM which is a natural Anti Inflammatory that immediately helps to stop the pain caused by inflammation
AND while many products contain Glucosamine and Chondroitin, haven't we all tried them and they have made little difference?
NuJoint has the Correct AMOUNT for K9's and just as importantly it has VITAMIN C which is NEEDED in order for canines to absorb the se minerals!
I swear by NUJOINT DS simply because I’ve seen it help elderly dogs, lift themselves up or walk upstairs again, when all else failed ! I've also see how its helped Osteo Arthritis, Lyme disease and helped provided a faster recovery from ACL other surgeries.
ALL WITHOUT HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS , LIKE LIVER, KIDNEY, OR GASTRO, damage that often is a result of harsh Chemicals in BIG PHARMA medications.
And without causing our Doggies to feel HIGH or FOGGY, decrease appetite or cause anxiety.
This is why I highly recommend keeping a bottle on hand, if not as a preventive, well then to have in an emergency.