Brutus is a normal, 2-year-old Rottweiler who loves to go for walks and explore outside. When people see him walking down the street, they might notice his slightly peculiar gait; this is because he has an artificial limb on each of his legs. Brutus walks today thanks to many kindhearted people who helped a four-legged friend in need.
Brutus didn’t have the best of luck early in life. A cruel breeder left him outside in the cold where the pup developed severe frostbite at just 4 months old. At that point, the breeder himself amputated the ends of the puppy’s legs and then gave him away in a shopping center parking lot. Brutus then came into the care of Laura Aquilina, a loving owner who crowdfunded a unique opportunity for Brutus.
Veterinarians at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital performed actual surgery on Brutus’s legs to prevent further damage. However, the pup still couldn’t walk and his legs were misaligned. Then medical technologists at OrthoPets designed custom-fit prosthetic legs at a cost of $12,500, all of which came from the crowdfunded effort. The school believes Brutus is only the second dog to have all four prosthetic legs. The first is Nakio, a puppy found in an abandoned house in Nebraska in 2013, whose case helped veterinarians fashion Brutus’s artificial legs.
On the Road to New Life
Fans of Brutus can see his new legs in this video.
Aquilina puts the prosthetics on, and then a rehabilitation specialist helps him exercise. Brutus is still getting used to his new legs as it appears he high-steps a bit, but he can still get around pretty well. It helps that Brutus lives in a loving home and has a very patient, 10-year-old Great Dane helping him on his road to recovery. Aquilina says Brutus is a big goofball, especially when he snores in his sleep while laying on his back with all four legs straight up in the air. The cases of Brutus and Nakio give hope to many dogs who have mobility issues or who have bad legs. Once pet prosthetics become more widespread, the costs may come down for people who want to help their pets have a better quality of life. Check out this pretty girl as she wheels around on her prosthetics
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