ChesterGates Pet of the Month…

25th April 2016

Abandoned dog from Coventry wins ‘pet of the month’ title

An abandoned young Staffie cross called Ricoh from Coventry has won ChesterGates Veterinary Specialist’s highly acclaimed title of Pet of the Month in recognition of his bravery in recovering from surgery to correct a severe deformity to his front leg.

Poor homeless Ricoh was found wandering around the Ricoh Arena in Coventry by a kind-hearted member of the public who took him into the YourVets practice which provides assistance to the local dog warden service for abandoned dogs with injuries.

Veterinary surgeon, Michelle Smith, offered to foster young Ricoh until a new home could be secured and the practice then took radiographs of his deformed front leg and made the decision to raise funds to pay for surgery to correct the problem.

ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists in Chester which has an internationally-renowned orthopaedic facility was contacted about Ricoh’s case and Professor John Innes conducted the procedure just two weeks ago.

Michelle said: “We fund raised via our Facebook page to raise almost £2,000 towards the costs of the surgery. Ricoh had suffered a trauma to his growth plates which had led to an angular limb formation. His surgery involved a closing wedge on the radius and an ulna oestectomy. Professor Innes is my personal hero and I was delighted that he conducted the operation on Ricoh who is now recovering well and will soon be ready to find his forever home.”

ChesterGates’ awarded the Pet of the Month title to Ricoh in recognition of his bravery in the face of such pain and in keeping a happy, positive disposition in the face of such adversity.

Ricoh will soon be ready for rehoming but the dog warden service will require that this meets certain criteria and involves home checks through a local rehoming centre.

For more information visit the YourVets, Coventry Facebook page.