Reuben on road to recovery

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Reuben on road to recovery thumbnailClaire Savage and her dog Reuben

A COCKER spaniel has taken his first tentative steps after surgeons saved him from permanent paralysis.
Reuben lost the use of his legs when he was savagely attacked by another dog at Whitepark Bay beach in July.
Last month, owner Claire Savage told the Chronicle how she'd watched as he was grabbed by the neck and shaken viciously by an out-of-control Staffordshire terrier while out for an evening stroll at the local beauty spot.
After apparently recovering from the attack, Reuben collapsed two weeks later before undergoing treatment for spinal injuries by a specialist vet in Belfast.
With the operation complete the Chronicle caught up with Claire to check in on Reuben's progress.
“Thankfully he got through the operation OK and, although he was immobile for five or six days, the signs were quite positive that he would walk again," she said.
“Then, around day eight or nine, he started to walk with the aid of harnesses. It was such a relief because the vet made it quite clear that there was a risk he would never walk again.
“Now he's getting better every day. He can now stand by himself and walk a few steps unaided though he's still very wobbly and can only stay active for a couple of minutes at a time."
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