“Alfie was born in April 2014 with deformities stemming from the fact that both his elbows were congenitally luxated. Because of this he commando crawled everywhere on his front legs and this led to him becoming barrel-chested and also showed an inability to fully extend his hind limbs. Without surgery he would have had to be put to sleep on humane grounds because his mobility would have deteriorated as he grew and he was already developing sores on his front limbs by 8 weeks of age.”
Three surgical procedures later and all before the age of 12 weeks, his recovery was assisted by considerable physiotherapy input through the SMART Clinic. By 7 months Alfie was an active puppy with only short-lived lameness affecting his left forelimb. Things remained that way until Alfie turned 3.
“Until then he had managed regular walks of up to 10 miles or more (longest was about 17 miles) but at that age he began to show lameness requiring the intermittent use of NSIADs and restriction of activity. By 4 years of age he was requiring continuous medication in order to maintain a happy, active lifestyle, and left forelimb lameness of grade 3-4/10 was being seen after rest or heavy exercise.”
Under veterinary recommendation Alfie began taking Antinol in the Autumn of 2018, to help support his joint health and mobility. The driving force for owner, Steve knowing Alfie’s need to maintain a happy, active lifestyle.
“Since then he’s been on a combination of Galliprant and Antinol. He still enjoys walks of 5-10 miles on a regular basis but does require some “days off”! His lameness is variable but he remains a very happy and active dog with a good quality of life. Further surgery has been considered at times but, to date, his disability has never been significant enough or for long enough for this to be considered appropriate.”
Avid animal lover, dad to Alfie and KOL, Steve Butterworth has been an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (orthopaedics) since 1995 and was awarded Fellowship status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2019. Steve graduated from Cambridge in 1986 and after periods in general practice and at Bristol University Veterinary School he set up Weighbridge Referral Service in Swansea in 1995.