When Mickey arrived at Battersea Dogs Home it was amazing that he could even walk at all.
Mickey is a 2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer, who was originally a stray and living on the streets of Turkey. When he was born his legs were so badly bowed that he had adapted his own way of walking, which left him in severe pain and discomfort.
He was brought into Battersea dogs home when his owners could no longer provide care for his severe pain, he was in desperate need of help.
Battersea staff knew that the only option was for surgery.
They were offered help by Medivet, who offered to perform the surgery for Mickey.
There were numerous operations required involving metal frames and pins to reshape his legs and then many months of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
Mickey has now managed to figure out his new walking style and is mobile and pain free.
Paul O’Grady the ambassador for Battersea said: ‘I’ve seen bow-legged dogs before but never a case as severe as Mickey’s.
‘My heart broke watching him when I first saw him hobbling around.
‘It’s an absolute delight to watch him playing and bounding around with his doggy friends.
Shaun Opperman, Battersea’s veterinary director said: “Everyone in the veterinary team has a soft spot for Mickey. He was on bed rest for months while he recovered and was always so calm and good-natured. We had a huge celebration when he took his first short, shaky step – we were all so proud of him.
You can see more of Mickey’s story on Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas on ITV1 at 6:45pm on Christmas Day.