A few years ago, an animal rescue in Oklahoma captured a puppy with upside down paws. Sadly, he couldn’t walk without surgery, so they raised as much money as possible to give him a more comfortable life. Now, the rescue is facing a similar situation with a Pug puppy.
A 7-week-old Pug puppy named Mila was born with a rare congenital condition known as bilateral luxation elbow. She was originally saved along with her brother, who had only one leg upside down. However, because Mila’s condition was more serious, she was sent to the rescue, who had experience dealing with situations like this.
Puppy has upside down paws
Mila and her Pug siblings were first saved by Skiatook Paws and Clawsbut then Mila was transferred to Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue. A few years ago, Oliver and Friends had a similar situation when a puppy named Milo also suffered from the same condition. They operated on Milo to fix his upside down foot, and now he’s thriving!
Without surgery, Mila will never be able to walk and play like a normal dog. Her feet are usually extended horizontally, but sometimes toward the ceiling. So her movement was difficult and uncomfortable.
“If you’ve been following us with Milo, you know how much it takes [the surgery] is for a normal life. Milo did amazingly and we have no doubt (albeit always nervous, as with any animal facing major surgery) Mila will also do amazing things. After all, she’s got Milo to cheer her up! “Oliver and Friends wrote.
Mila underwent a CT scan so the vets could get a better look at her legs. From there, they 3D printed her legs to see what they were working with. Soon, she will have to undergo surgery to realign the bones.
Help Mila get around!
However, a surgery like this is a very complicated process. The rescue had a detailed plan in place, but they had an alternative in place if things didn’t go as expected. Milo had some complications during the surgery, but he is still doing well, so Mila’s future is very promising.
“The plan was to align the bones and use an external fixator and thick rubber band to pin the ulna (lower bone in the leg) and femur, keeping everything in place but NOT completely. elbow fusion, help her to some extent. future motion,” wrote Oliver and Friends. “This may not have worked because the level of lux prevented some important ridges where the bones were supposed to ‘joint’ from forming, but at this point, surgeons believe it’s worth a try.” !”
Rescuers suspect that Mila’s surgery will not be as serious as Milo’s. Milo has been in a cast for several weeks, but Mila probably won’t have to deal with that.
Mila is getting a lot of love at the rescue while she waits for surgery. If you want to help, you can Donate to Oliver and friends to help cover medical care for Mila and dogs like her.
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