A paralysed dachshund has regained the ability to walk again thanks to surgery carried out by veterinary experts at Kentdale Referrals in Cumbria. 

The team at the specialist-led Milnthorpe practice, owned by Linnaeus, performed intricate spinal surgery on eight-year-old Jay, who had suffered a slipped disc that was causing substantial spinal cord compression. 

Such was the success of the neurological surgery to reduce the nerve pressure and repair the slipped disc and area around it, that it was only a matter of days before Jay was up and about. 

Relieved owner Steph Whyte, who lives near Workington, said: “When Jay became paralysed my world was turned upside down. 

“I couldn’t understand how Jay could go from being completely fit and athletic to being paralysed from the shoulders down. 

“I rushed him to an emergency vet who was very knowledgeable and referred Jay to Kentdale, where he was operated on straight away. 

“Truly, I can say the team at Kentdale saved Jay’s life, for which I could not be more grateful – little Jay is my whole world. 

“He is now completely back to normal and running around with his big happy smile.” 

Jan Beranek, EBVS European specialist in small animal surgery at Kentdale, said: “Jay’s surgery was a complex and lengthy procedure that was not without risk. 

“However, it was a complete success and Jay was allowed home after a couple of days with a physio care plan created specifically for him by our in-house physiotherapy experts. We’re delighted to see Jay make a speedy recovery and get back on his paws so soon after surgery.” 

Kentdale Referrals is a specialist-led practice offering expert services in diagnostic imaging, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, anaesthesia, infection control, orthopaedic surgery, spinal surgery, soft tissue surgery and physiotherapy. 

For more information on Kentdale Referrals, visit www.kentdalevets.co.uk or search for Kentdale Referrals on social media. 

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