Saturday, 2 August 2008

dog with implanted prosthetic leg

Came across an interesting piece on Dog Blog about an unusual surgery on a dog that had lost a rear foot. Sally, a saluki,had some of the bone in her leg removed and a titanium implant was attached to the bone. As in a human hip surgery, the idea is that the bone tissue will grow over the implanted metal, leading to a permanent solution to the problem of her missing foot.

The original article about Sally is at The Tribune. It discusses the possibility that this surgery might have implications for improved surgery for humans, but I'm just glad that Sally has benefited from such good care. I hope the long-term results will be good. Generally amputation is the first solution for problems like this one, because dogs can cope well with having only three legs.

When I worked for a year in a local vet hospital a dog came in that had been left to cope with a massive injury to a back leg. Someone rescued her from the abusive owner and the vet operated gratis, removing her rear leg, and found her a loving home. Unfortunately she injured the front leg on the same side and needed an operation. One of the most amazing sights I have ever seen was her walking on two legs across the waiting room when she came for a check-up. If I hadn't seen it myself I wouldn't have believed it.

By the way, she recovered well and gets around on three legs now.

Here's a link to a Youtube clip of another dog that is missing two legs on the same side. It's an upbeat clip of a happy dog, as far as I can see.

There are other clips of dogs with two legs but they made me feel sad.


Slavenka said...

Greetings from Tisno ,where I'm
spending my vacation.

parlance said...

Hi, Slavenka.I had a look online at some photos of Tisno. It looks lovely. I hope your holiday is great.

Noah the Airedale said...

Oh that poor dog having to walk on 2 legs and needing an op on the third. Thank goodness the end result was good.

Noah xx

Maggie and Mitch said...

We never would have believed a dog with two legs could really get around! What a living miracle!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

The Aphasia Decoder.... said...

That video of the two legged dog is amazing. You'd never guess a dog could zip around that fast with only two legs. My niece has a 3 legged dog so this blog entry was especially interesting to me.

Levi's mom

parlance said...

Aphasia decoder, aren't dogs amazing in the way they just get on with life? I think they have something to teach us.

The Aphasia Decoder.... said...

That do have something to teach us. I was thinking that video would be a good one to use for mentoring in the disability support communities.

Jean (Levi's mom)

The Aphasia Decoder.... said...

Yes, I think that video would be a good one to pass about the disability support groups for inspiration.

Levi's mom, Jean

parlance said...

Jean, I see what you mean about the video clip.