What a pawsome recovery! Quadruple amputee dog given new leash of life thanks to prosthetics
A dog who had all four of his legs amputated is making a PAW-esome recovery thanks to a set of prosthetic limbs.
Quadruple amputee Brutus has a new leash of life since being fitted with the prosthetic allowing him to walk again.
The two-year-old Rottweiler, who lives with his owners in Loveland, Colorado, USA, is only the second dog to survive on four artificial limbs.
He became disabled after all four of his paws were frostbitten and his previous owner maimed the dog in an attempt to nullify the damage.
Brutus fortunately survived and was fitted with his new limbs in September 2014.
They were provided by OrthoPets, from Denver, and he learned to walk with help from Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
He now lives with foster mum Laura Aquilina, who has been caring for Brutus for seven months and helped raised nearly $12,500 (£8,417) for his prosthetics and therapy.
Dr. Felix Duerr, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences who practices small animal orthopaedics and sports medicine at the Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, said: “I believe prosthetics will play a big role in the future of veterinary orthopaedics.
“Brutus shows how we can explore new technologies to find solutions, and how our partnerships with companies like OrthoPets really help.”
Martin Kaufmann, founder of OrthoPets, added: “I don’t want to be part of a world that settles for ‘fine’ and neither does Colorado State University.
“There’s a common mission between CSU and OrthoPets to return animals’ lives to ‘great.'”