A dog with bowed legs was saved from a painful death due to deformity, all because of the attentive nature of his dedicated parents.
Basil the Berdoodle was born with bowed legs, which is a deformity that causes the bones to curve and bend outwards rather than straight.
In many cases, the dogs suffering from this condition live a short and painful life. But thanks to Emmie Barton, his owner, he may get a second chance at life, and possibly even receive 'new legs'.
The St Bernard cross Poodle puppy was born during the first lockdown, shortly after owners Emmie Barton and Tom Crellin had lost their previous dog to bone cancer at just five-years-old, reports TeamDogs.
Soon, Emmie noticed that something was wrong with Basil's front two legs, but people dismissed her as being paranoid because of her what happened to her previous dog.
She said: “When Basil was about four-months-old I noticed that his legs were quite bent. But because Buddy had recently died of bone cancer in one of his front legs, people thought I was just being paranoid.
“We took him to the vets and they said they weren’t too worried because bigger breed’s bones grow quicker than the muscles, then they catch up with each other. Because his legs were both pretty much identical, it didn’t seem to be a problem.”
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But two months later at a routine appointment, a nurse showed concern for Basil’s bowed limbs and referred him for a scan, where he immediately underwent surgery for an ulnar ostectomy in an attempt to reverse some of the bowing.
After two procedures, at a cost of £3,426 each, it was clear that Basil would also need angular limb correction for his condition – known as angular limb deformity. He would have to have the surgery done between the age of 10 and 18 months due to the way his bones would develop.
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Emmie added: “If we did not rectify his condition, we could have ended up losing him early to pain.”
His surgery was booked in for February 2021, where 3D prints were made of his bones, as well as precisely where to cut and pin each bone in place, to the millimetre.
Basil had his first angular limb correction in February, and his second in May, and he’ll be having his plates and pins removed in August, should all go smoothly.
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Since October, Emmie and her partner, Tom have been sleeping in their kitchen to keep a close eye on the one-year-old pooch.
Emmie said: “When Basil comes home he’s on complete cage rest so we’ve moved the TV and a mattress into the kitchen. He’s never been left alone since his first operation because it’s not worth the risk of him injuring himself from something as simple as hopping off the sofa.”
Thankfully, Basil is set to make a good recovery, and even went out for his first walk in over eight months last week – as well as his first hydrotherapy session.
The 29-year-old dog-mum added: “So long as the surgeons are happy in August, he will hopefully be able to just begin to live life as a regular dog and have off lead walks. He’s quite a bouncy boy with loads of energy – he’s going to go wild when he’s finally able to.
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“We can’t wait for him to just be a dog and enjoy life without us worrying constantly about him having to be careful with his legs!”
Emmie has been sharing Basil’s journey on Instagram, and TikTok, at @basiltheberdoodle where he has a combined following of over 28,000 people. His followers have helped raise nearly £9,000 to go towards his surgery costs, which have exceeded what was covered by his insurance.
You can find out more about Basil’s story, or donate to his fundraising page, here.
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