Six-month-old Mickey was taken to Scott Veterinary Clinic with a fracture of the tibia and fibula in his hindleg.
The dog’s owner was unable to pay for the treatment, so decided to disown the dog and abandon him at the practice. Without prompt surgery from an orthopaedic specialist, the puppy, at best, faced amputation of the limb or, at worst, euthanasia.
Scott’s clinical director Vicki Farbon put in an urgent telephone call to Davies Veterinary Specialists asking for help and, to her relief, the puppy was immediately admitted on a pro bono basis.
The fracture repair was performed through a medial approach to the tibia, with the aid of a femoral and sciatic nerve block.
Although the surgery went well, Mickey suffered badly with separation anxiety, which meant he could not be left for more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time without being destructive.
But there was more good news for the young pup when Davies veterinary nurse Hayley Mills offered him a home.
Davies’ orthopaedic surgeon Rob Adams said: “It was really rewarding to be able to help such a lovely dog and see him recover so quickly. Had he not already had a home, I would have rehomed him myself.”
The team at Scott were also touched by Davies’ kindness. Dr Farbon said: “We would just like to say a huge thank you for your help with Mickey. Thanks to you guys he still has four legs.”