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Injured Dog Gets Bionic Spine in Pioneering Procedure!

Another heartwarming tale to come out of England as a pup once paralyzed and in pain received a new lease on life! Enzo the German Shepherd had two herniated discs in his spine and doctors advised owner Chris Evans to give up hope that his doggy would survive or walk again. As a dedicated pet owner, Evans wouldn't take no for an answer and found his pooch a revolutionary operation costing £5,000 (almost twice that in US dollars); the 9-year-old dog had two bolts inserted in the middle of his spine to fuse two vertebrae.

Although the pup still can't support himself on his back legs on land, he's now able to use them during hydrotherapy in the pool. The advanced procedure relieved pressure on the spinal cord and sciatic nerve and, as long as the damage to the cord isn't permanent, vets are optimistic that the pooch will one day get a new leash on life and walk again.

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I had an 8 year old cat, that was climbing on our entertainment center, toppled the stereo speakers over, and shattered its hip and leg. Cost to fix him? over 3 grand, what did I do? he is buried in my backyard. there is a limit to what you can do as a pet parent, if its either eat/gas money/bills or mr kitty, my well being wins.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
This is why I am all for animal experimentation. Researchers test out procedures that they hope will eventually benefit humans but first the end up being used and benefiting someone's beloved four legged family member. I'm so proud that in Northern California we have one of the top veterinarian Institution/hospitals in the country that is willing to try these experimental procedures on pets and is willing to do what it takes to try to extend the life and improve the health of our four legged loved ones. My friend took her beloved cat to UC Davis when she found out the cat had cancer and those Vets did procedures and used medications on that beautiful cat that extended her life and relieved her pain to the point where here cancer went into remission and she lived another 3 years dying of old age at 22 years old. That's old for a pure breed Russian Blue.
runnergeek runnergeek 8 years
yeah it truly is amazing what they can do these days. modern medicine is awesome. 10K is alot to spend. i wouldn't really hesitate to spend it on max, but i would want a guarantee that his quality of life would improve, as a result of spending the money. and most times you can't get that guarantee out of a health care provider.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
this guy really loves his dog. i love mine a whole bunch, too, and the amount of money i've spent on vet bills is staggering.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Its amazing what they can do, but I would never be able to afford that for a pet.
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