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Dog defies odds to walk again with orthopaedic boots

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

Nicky Prescott with her dog Maddie wearing the special boots from Orthopets

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A border collie that developed a chronic leg condition that could have meant she would never walk again has been given a new lease of life – after getting a pair of amazing boots made in Bristol.

Nicky Prescott, from Taunton, was devastated when her dog, Maddie, was diagnosed with severe Achilles tendon injuries – and told it was unlikely she would fully recover.

But 10-year-old Maddie has stunned vets by making an incredible recovery – and is even winning agility competitions after specialists designed her a revolutionary pair of splint boots.

Nicky said: “We’re all astounded at Maddie’s recovery – in true Paralympian style, she’s back out competing with the best of them.

“She has always been a really active dog, so it was devastating when we were told she had such terrible tendon injuries.

“She underwent an operation at Bristol Vet College which realigned the tendons – but they said she would re-injure them if she put any stress on them at all. I knew we wouldn’t be able to keep her still and was terrified she would re-injure herself.

“Her orthopaedic boots are brilliant – she isn’t the least bit bothered about having her legs strapped up, and you wouldn’t know she was different from any other dog.

“It was a miracle just to have her walking again, let alone being able to run around competing in agility classes.”

Agility dog Maddie had been competing at a high level until she developed problems with her legs in 2009, making it difficult for her to walk. She underwent two operations to correct the ligaments at the University of Bristol Veterinary College in 2010, and got her boots soon after.

Rod Hunt, from Orthopets, who created the boots for Maddie, said: “In simple terms, Maddie had injuries to the Achilles tendons in both hocks, which were fraying.

“Both required surgical repair, during which the damaged sections were effectively cut out and the ‘good’ ends sutured back together.”

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