Puppy Born With Upside-Down Paws Is Dumped At Shelter, Gets Life-Changing Surgery

Milo, an eight-week-old Hound puppy, was surrendered to an animal rescue by a breeder when he was just five weeks old. But he wasn’t just any ordinary puppy, writes ilovemydogsomuch

Milo was born with paws that were upside-down, which was caused by congenital dislocation of both elbows. Since both of his elbows were out of joint, Milo was unable to walk.

Aside from army-crawling, Milo would never be able to walk normally unless he underwent corrective surgery.

Thankfully, he was brought to Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, where he underwent a long and intense surgery to fix his condition.

The surgery took nearly three hours and was very complicated. “For each of his elbows, we had to go into the joint and restore the alignment,” Dr. Erik Clary, associate professor of small animal surgery, told Fox 31 Denver.

“Then we placed a pin across the joint to keep it straight while his growing bones continue to take shape and his body lays down the internal scar tissue that will be needed for long-term stability.

Thankfully, the surgery went well and Milo is now in a front body splint to stop him from using his front legs while he heals. In several weeks, the splint and pins will be removed.

Milo still has a long road to recovery ahead of him, but he has proven how strong he is and that he has an amazing will to live.


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