Vets at The Vet Liverpool have given a young dog her mobility back after she suffered a potentially catastrophic injury.
Peggy, a 4-month old Cockapoo, was brought in to The Vet (www.thevet.co.uk in Norris Green, Liverpool after injuring one of her back legs while playing with another dog. Brave Peggy was unable to put her foot down and was in severe pain; vets at the clinic suspected a major fracture.
Peggy immediately had a series of X-rays which showed up a severe fracture to the right tibia, the bone below her knee. Peggy needed an urgent operation.
Vet Rory Paton, who is a specialist orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery. Using a metal plate and screws, he was able to stabilise the bone to allow it to heal in the correct position.
Peggy recovered well from the operation and the next day she had started to use her broken leg again. The Vet Liverpool saw her for another checkup nine days after the operation, and she was back to her old self, according to her owners, the Newsham family.
Helen Hawken, Veterinary Business Manager at The Vet Liverpool, said: “The period immediately after the operation was crucial to Peggy’s recovery. Strict rest after a fracture repair surgery is essential in order to prevent the metal implants from moving or the bone fragments from becoming dislodged.
“Peggy was only allowed to go out on the lead in the garden for the first two weeks before slowly building up her exercise levels over the next month. She was not allowed to go up and down the stairs or to jump onto the sofa or into the car in the weeks following the operation.
“Her owners did a fantastic job of keeping her quiet, calm and well-rested, allowing the bones to heal nicely. Hopefully, Peggy won’t be so unlucky next time she’s playing in the park with other dogs!”
Peggy’s owner Mr Newsham, said: “We are delighted with the service and treatment we have received for Peggy. We bring all of our animals, five in total, to The Vet as we are always so well looked after.
“The whole team are so friendly and little things like remembering names really does make a difference. Taking your beloved pet to a Vet can be incredibly stressful, but The Vet makes it easy, they are fantastic!”