Dog Has Groundbreaking Surgery To Attach Artificial Paw

USATODAY_HumankindPublished: August 17, 2017212 views
Published: August 17, 2017

Luck has finally smiled on one foster pup and not just once, but twice, when he got into his foster family and they finally managed to gather fund to provide him with the procedure that will allow the two-year-old Staffordshire terrier mix to look, walk and run like a normal dog.

Bridle-colored Tigger was born with defect called ectrodactyly, also known as split hand or lobster claw. The congenital condition has left both of his front paws several inches shorter than his rear paws and severely deformed. With the use of his front legs dwindled, Tigger could not keep up with the other dogs in his foster family’s home; he could either hop around like a kangaroo or drag on his belly across the floor.

After six hours of surgery and more than a week in post-operative care, the surgical team at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, led by Dr. Jennifer Warnock, were finally able to let the 55 pound pup make his first steps as a normal dog. Naturally, the feeble dog could only make a few steps in his temporary orthotic leg, before dropping in his foster parent’s lap with utter exhaustion.

It was the good people of the community that managed to raise the $16,000 needed for Tigger’s life-altering surgery, after reading about the poor pup in the media. No one will be able to call this pup “poor” no more!

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