CHARITY CASE WALKS AGAIN
Bella, a five-year-old Dachshund, was referred to our small animal hospital from the RSPCA at the end of February. An indoor dog, she had lost the movement and feeling in her back legs which was also causing her a lot of pain.
Bella was assessed by Elsa Beltran, our Senior Clinician in Neurology, who gave her a full neurological examination. A lesion in her spinal cord was suspected and so Bella underwent Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of her spine, which revealed a large slipped disc compressing her spinal cord. Elsa performed emergency surgery to remove a ruptured spinal disc. The operation went well and Bella quickly regained some feeling in her back legs, although it was too early to determine if and when she could walk again.
Following the operation, Bella seemed happy in herself, eating and drinking and giving all the AHT staff lots of kisses. She started receiving daily physiotherapy, including the use of our underwater treadmill in our Hydrotherapy Centre, to strengthen and encourage movement in her back legs. Four days after surgery, Elsa and one of our nurses, Candice, noticed some movement in one her hind feet and the next day she was able to move her left back leg. She received daily care from our dedicated nursing team and she went to a new home with a lovely and very dedicated family on 25 March 2014. Gaining more strength each day, Bella has started moving both legs and walking unaided.
Elsa said: “It is so rewarding to see lovely Bella walking again and wagging her tail. The hard work of the AHT small animal team has definitely paid off and I am also so pleased that Bella has found a great family that can love her as she deserves. Bella is a real fighter.”
Because of our on-going relationships with other charities, we have been able to provide the RSPCA with a discount on Bella’s treatment.