From the moment I saw Mylo's tiny self at the shelter I knew I just had to have him! He was actually on hold for someone else, but I stayed at the shelter all day in case they didn't show up. To my luck, they never did and he came home with me 2 days later! He was 8 weeks old when I adopted him and I have no information about his background, other than he had been at the shelter for a few weeks prior.
Everything was going great until he was about 4 and half months old when he started having a mild limp. After vet visits and x-rays all that was found was mild swelling, which was diagnosed as growing pains and treated with medication. Over time his limp only got worse and it was clear that he was in a lot of pain and discomfort. After many more x-rays, vet trips, medications, and speciliasts it was obvious that something was very wrong.
The orthopedic specialists discovered that one of his bones in the leg/elbow didn't grow at the same rate as the other leg, so the bones don't meet at the elbow. In medical terms he has "radial humeral incongruity" where the radius is too short and doesn't meet the elbow and is a form of elbow displacement.
The specialists say it's either due to trauma or his genetics but there's no definite answer to how it happened or any way of preventing it. As a result, he now walks with a horrible limp and avoids putting any pressure on his left leg.
The orthopedic specialists have given me two options:
1. Pay about $5,000 for surgery
2. Amputate his leg (which I refuse to do).
In situations like this, the damage is usually permanent but because he is still a puppy he still has a chance at fixing up his elbow, and allowing him to walk as close to normal as possible.
I'm currently a college student and don't have the means to afford this expensive surgery, which is why I'm reaching out to you guys to help get my little man Mylo the surgery he needs! That way we can get him on the road to walking and running again without so much pain and restriction. Anyone who knows him can attest that he is the sweetest and most loving pup ever, he doesn't deserve to be in pain. He is the biggest lover boy and greets everyone with lots of puppy love and kisses!
No matter what your contribution is, anything will help get my little man back on his feet. Thank you guys so much! Mylo and I appreciate it