Mack’s adventures down the rabbit hole...

Posted by on 1 April 2017 | Comments

Mack’s adventures down the rabbit hole...

Mack is a very bouncy 7 year old Border Collie who was injured whilst out on a run after getting his leg caught in a rabbit hole. He was limping quite badly so his owner brought him in to see us. He had a swollen joint that was very painful when it was touched. We did some X-rays and he was found to have dislocated his hock (the equivalent to our ankle joint).

Mack needed complicated surgery to stabilise his joint. Happily, we have a number of specialist surgeons who can visit the practice to perform more complex procedures. Gareth Harries, a local “Advanced Practitioner” and surgical certificate holder was on hand to fix the problem. A plate was screwed into the row of bones in the joint to encourage them to fuse together so it will not dislocate again. Mack had to be rested and have a bandage splint in place for 6 weeks after the surgery needing regular dressing changes—not much fun for him but he was the perfect patient.

We are pleased to report that he is now doing well and is slowly getting back to his normal running routine—just avoid those rabbit holes!