Puppy born with upside-down front paws given surgery to finally help him walk

A puppy born with upside-down front paws has been given life-altering surgery to help him to walk properly.

Five-week-old mongrel Milo was abandoned at an animal sanctuary after his owners saw his deformity – a rare condition called congenital elbow luxation.

Carers at the Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary in Luther, Oklahoma, USA, then raised $4,000 to get Milo the operation he needed, to turn his paws the right way round.

Before the operation, all Milo could do was an ‘inefficient and seemingly uncomfortable army crawl’.

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Milo, a five-week-old hound at Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary in Luthe. See SWNS story SWNYpaws; A puppy born with upside-down paws has been given life-life-altering surgery to enable him to walk. Milo, a five-week-old hound was abandoned at an animal sanctuary after his owners saw his deformity - a rare condition called congenital elbow luxation. Carers at the Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary in Luther, Oklahoma then raised $4,000 USD to get Milo the operation he needed. ???With both elbows out of joint, Milo was unable to walk. Try as he might, the best he could do was an inefficient and seemingly uncomfortable ???army crawl???,??? said Dr. Erik Clary, who took Milo???s case at Oklahoma State University???s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The complex operation took a team fo five specialists almost four hours to complete. ???I???ve been doing surgery for 27 years and I???ve only seen three cases of this,??? said Dr. Clary, Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery, at the center???s Veterinary Medical Hospital. ???Many people will never see a case of it in their whole career.??? After the surgery, performed on January 9, 2019, Milo awoke to find himself in rigid, front body splints. ???We had to put pins in each of his elbows, so it???s going to take a while for him to heal and be mobile,??? said Dr. Clary.
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But now, he can walk properly for the first time – and you can see him do just that in an adorable video.

Dr Erik Clary, of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, said: ‘With both elbows out of joint, Milo was unable to walk.

‘Try as he might, the best he could do was an inefficient and seemingly uncomfortable “army crawl”.’

The complex operation took a team of five specialists almost four hours to complete.

‘I’ve been doing surgery for 27 years and I’ve only seen three cases of this,’ added Dr Clary, Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery, at the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital.

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Dr Clay with Milo, a five-week-old hound. See SWNS story SWNYpaws; A puppy born with upside-down paws has been given life-life-altering surgery to enable him to walk. Milo, a five-week-old hound was abandoned at an animal sanctuary after his owners saw his deformity - a rare condition called congenital elbow luxation. Carers at the Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary in Luther, Oklahoma then raised $4,000 USD to get Milo the operation he needed. ???With both elbows out of joint, Milo was unable to walk. Try as he might, the best he could do was an inefficient and seemingly uncomfortable ???army crawl???,??? said Dr. Erik Clary, who took Milo???s case at Oklahoma State University???s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The complex operation took a team fo five specialists almost four hours to complete. ???I???ve been doing surgery for 27 years and I???ve only seen three cases of this,??? said Dr. Clary, Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery, at the center???s Veterinary Medical Hospital. ???Many people will never see a case of it in their whole career.??? After the surgery, performed on January 9, 2019, Milo awoke to find himself in rigid, front body splints. ???We had to put pins in each of his elbows, so it???s going to take a while for him to heal and be mobile,??? said Dr. Clary.
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‘Many people will never see a case of it in their whole career.’

Milo awoke to find himself in rigid, front body splints following the life-changing surgery on 9 January 2019.

Dr Clary added: ‘We had to put pins in each of his elbows, so it’s going to take a while for him to heal and be mobile.

‘We have to change the casts once a week because he’s growing so fast, but so far so good. It’s going to be another couple of weeks until I can take the splints out.

‘He stands a good chance. I felt encouraged at his last bandage change that he was progressing well. He has a good shot.’

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Dr Clay with Milo, a five-week-old hound. See SWNS story SWNYpaws; A puppy born with upside-down paws has been given life-life-altering surgery to enable him to walk. Milo, a five-week-old hound was abandoned at an animal sanctuary after his owners saw his deformity - a rare condition called congenital elbow luxation. Carers at the Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary in Luther, Oklahoma then raised $4,000 USD to get Milo the operation he needed. ?With both elbows out of joint, Milo was unable to walk. Try as he might, the best he could do was an inefficient and seemingly uncomfortable ?army crawl?,? said Dr. Erik Clary, who took Milo?s case at Oklahoma State University?s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The complex operation took a team fo five specialists almost four hours to complete. ?I?ve been doing surgery for 27 years and I?ve only seen three cases of this,? said Dr. Clary, Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery, at the center?s Veterinary Medical Hospital. ?Many people will never see a case of it in their whole career.? After the surgery, performed on January 9, 2019, Milo awoke to find himself in rigid, front body splints. ?We had to put pins in each of his elbows, so it?s going to take a while for him to heal and be mobile,? said Dr. Clary.
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Milo has developed a loving fan base at the university’s animal hospital, as well as at the sanctuary.

Dr Clary added: ‘Milo’s a very sweet and resilient dog. There are dozens of people going to check up on every day.

‘He had no shortage of student and staff volunteers willing to hold him and help him get outside when needed.’

Donations for Milo’s ongoing medical care can be made to Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary in Luther, Oklahoma, via their website .