Siggi, a little Rat Terrier, had a rocky start in life. The puppy was born with her front paws turned backward, forcing her to walk on her elbows. While her flaws are lovely, her paws were probably quite unpleasant for her and would only get worse as she got older.
Siggi was fortunate enough to receive a miracle from Oklahoma State University. They were able to perform a life-changing procedure on her to repair her aching paws. Siggi is finally getting the knack of walking on all fours after a three-month recovery period from surgery.
Milo, another dog with upside-down paws, was treated at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine not long ago. As a result, they knew what to expect. Milo and Siggi were both operated on by Dr. Erik Clary, a small animal surgeon.
“Siggi’s illness appeared to be in her paws, but it was actually in her elbows,” Clary explained. “These patients’ elbows come out of joint early in life for unknown reasons, resulting in significant rotation of the lower front limbs and incapacity to walk.” They might be able to muster a crawl that is extremely painful and unsuitable for a dog’s life.”
Siggi, like Milo, had to undergo a complicated treatment that entailed breaking part of her front legs to allow her paws to rotate properly.
Fortunately, the veterinary staff conducted the surgery successfully, and Siggi had to recover in large orange casts, which are OSU’s hallmark color. While she recovered, she was cared for by Dallas Dog RRR.
Siggi had a checkup three months later and discovered that her legs had recovered. Siggi walked up and down a ramp with her rotating legs, according to videos uploaded on the college’s website. Despite her ordeals, she manages to get around. She gets plenty of rewards every time she attempts walking.
“Lorraine, her medical foster with Dallas Dog RRR, did an amazing job devising an incremental rehabilitation routine that now has Siggi doing a lot of puppy activities like chasing a ball in the yard,” Clary added. “Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with Siggi’s growth.”
Siggi is still being looked for by Dallas Dog RRR. They haven’t said whether or not Siggi will be adopted, but it’s fantastic to know she’s in a loving, supportive home with her foster family for now. Please consider donating to Dallas Dog RRR to help cover medical bills for dogs like Siggi.