Puppy Learns To Walk After Birth Defect Left Her With ‘Upside Down’ Paws

Dogs absolutely love to run, wrestle, jump, and play — especially when they’re puppies! That’s why it was especially sad when Siggi the rat terrier showed up at the doorstep of a Dallas-area animal shelter.

Already several weeks old, Siggi suffered from a deformity in her elbows that left her front paws upside down.

With her determined spirit, Siggi could crawl efficiently, but the volunteers knew this was no way for her to live.

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Given the rarity of the condition, the volunteers at the shelter knew exactly where to turn: Dr. Erik Clary. Clary and his team at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine had made headlines just a couple of years prior for treating Milo, a pup born with a very similar condition.

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“As with Milo, Siggi’s problem looked like it was in the paws but it was actually in her elbows,” Clary told OSU’s press team. “Unlike Milo,” he continued, “Siggi had significant deformity of the bones in the lower part of her elbow complicating the joint issue. The CT helped us plan a more complex procedure that would require an intentional break high up in her ulna bone to de-rotate the limb.”

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While they had been successful with Milo, the team was still unsure that they could replicate their success for the more complicated case of Siggi.

Fortunately, the surgery went fairly well — Siggi’s paws were brought into proper orientation and supported with splints, and the first part of the healing process began. Shortly after, Siggi was well enough to start relearning how to walk. In the hands of Lorraine, a volunteer at Dallas RRR who fostered Siggi, the pair made quick progress.

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After a checkup where her splints were removed and she was shown to be in good health, Siggi jumped into her rehabilitation.

Dr. Clary praised Lorraine for her efforts, noting that she has done “a fabulous job implementing an incremental rehabilitation regimen that now has Siggi doing many things that puppies like to do, including chasing a ball in the yard.”

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Now, Siggi can run, jump, and climb almost as well as her peers.

As she approaches her first birthday, her life looks like it’s full of possibilities, a testament to the hardworking teams at Dallas RRR and OSU.

Watch more of Siggi’s story below!

Puppy born with upside-down paws learns to walk after undergoing surgery

This puppy that was born with upside-down paws has learned to walk after undergoing corrective surgery at Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.More: https://www.tmj4.com/news/national/puppy-born-with-upside-down-paws-learns-to-walk-after-undergoing-corrective-surgery

Posted by TMJ4 News on Saturday, September 4, 2021

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