A cocker spaniel puppy was able to go walkies for the first time after becoming the youngest dog in the UK to undergo a full hip replacement. Captured in mid-flight, Stanley looks like the happiest of puppies running himself ragged on walkies. But the ten-month-old cocker spaniel is only just getting into his stride after a rare degenerative disease left him unable to stand or walk – until now.
At just five months, the cocker spaniel became the youngest dog in the UK to have a hip replacement operation, earning him the nickname the bionic dog.
Stanley was suffering from Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, thought to be caused by poor blood supply to the ball of the thighbone.
The illness had wasted away his back legs, leaving him in agony.
Vets feared that unless he underwent the procedure he would have to be put down because it was in too much agony.
But now since undergoing the operation at just five-and-a-half months old, the cocker spaniel is enjoying a new lease of life and is able to go for a walk and run properly for the first time in its life.
Stanley is now looking for a new home after his owners were no longer able to care for him.
Ray Dedicoat, owner of Hollytrees Animal Rescue Trust in Hollywood, Birmingham, where Stanley is staying, said: ‘He’s like a bottle of pop. Considering what he’s gone through it takes some believing.’
Stephanie Tickale, of Maypole Veterinary Clinic, Birmingham, said the risky procedure is normally only performed on fully-grown dogs.
She said: ‘He was really miserable, he would whimper a lot, he became very very thin and weak on his back legs because he just wasn’t using them.
‘He would walk or rather drag himself round sometimes, lying with his back legs on the floor and just dragging himself on his front legs which was really sad to see.
‘It’s not routinely done in dogs under the age of 10 to 12 months old because you normally have to wait for them to finish growing but because Stanley was in so much pain we decided to take the risk and put him through the surgery even though he was a very small pet at the time.’
Mr Dedicoat, owner of Hollytrees Animal Rescue Trust in Hollywood, Birmingham, said that due to a change in family circumstances Stanley is now looking for a new home.
He said: ‘Stanley needs space to roam. He is such a livewire now. Whenever he meets you he has just got to climb up you.
‘All he wants to do is sit on your shoulders.
‘If you’re sat watching TV he’s not happy on the floor or the sofa – he wants to be on your shoulders.
‘He spends more time on two legs than on four. He’s one of the maddest dogs we’ve ever had but there’s no malice in him,’ Mr Dedicoat said.
‘Considering what he’s gone through it takes some believing. We call him the bionic dog.’