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’.
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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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.’
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 .