Birkenshaw – January 2018
This is 7-year-old Bea, the Birkenshaw surgery Pet of the Month for January 2018.
Bea has been visiting us here at Birkenshaw since being adopted from Romania back in 2015. As a Pet Health Club member, she visits us regularly, though many of these visits are routine. In August, however, she came to see us after suffering from a sudden discomfort in her right hind leg. In order to properly investigate this lameness, we booked Bea in for x-rays at our Thornbury hospital the following day. These scans revealed that she was suffering from cranial cruciate ligament disease. This is a breakdown of the cruciate ligament, which results in a complete inability to weight bear on the affected leg. Unfortunately, this condition was starting to affect both of Bea’s rear legs and both would require surgery.
Bea’s first surgery
A few days after her x-rays, Bea came back to Thornbury for her first surgery. The operation went well, and she was able to go home the following day. Over the next few weeks, Bea continued her recovery at home. Because of the issues with her other leg, recovery would be longer than usual, as Bea would not be able to rely on a fully functioning leg to support the one recovering from surgery.
Bea’s second surgery
2 months after her first surgery, Bea was doing well. Consequently, we were able to book her in for a second surgery to deal with her other cruciate. Again, this surgery went well and Bea was able to go home the following day. Over the following weeks, Bea recovered well. She is now using both legs well and has been able to gradually increase her exercise levels. After having two major surgeries so close to each other, we think Bea is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Bea!