Dog Receives Prosthetic Legs

Siberian Husky is the first canine to receive permanent prostheses, vet says.

Posted: March 7, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

A formerly abused amputee dog has regained the ability to walk thanks to a series of groundbreaking prosthetic implant surgeries, according to Denver-based Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

Triumph, a 4-year-old Siberian Husky rescued from Turkey and now living in a home in Nashville, is the world’s first canine to receive permanent prosthetic legs, according to the hospital.

The complicated task of developing custom artificial legs and surgically implanting them began over a year ago and required a three-phase approach. The initial implants for Triumph’s two hind legs were provided in late 2005, the hospital says.

In 2006 Triumph returned to Colorado for follow-up visits and improvements. The most recent and final phase included another adjustment surgery that took place in December 2006.

Triumph’s implant surgeries are now complete and she is walking and running every day with her new legs, according to the hospital.

“Triumph’s journey has been truly amazing and inspiring and I feel lucky to have been part of her success story,” said Robert Taylor, DVM, the Alameda East Veterinary Hospital veterinarian who performed the surgeries

“As the first dog to receive the permanent artificial legs, Triumph is paving the way for many other amputee dogs to receive the same treatment and enjoy a life filled with running, playing and walking,” Taylor said.


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mimi   San Diego, CA

4/14/2009 11:19:22 PM

I work at a hotel that has a pair of swans. One of our swans as bumble foot, she been taken to the vet many times. Now they say there's nothing more to be done. She's only 6 1/2 years old and can live to be 20 or so. She needs
help!
My question is..... Can a SWAN get a prosthetic leg and a webbed foot?

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Marisa   Cantoment, FL

2/8/2009 7:37:30 AM

Iv got a blue heeler named Wolfgang and recently he got hit by a car and it sivered his leg and we had to amputat it originaly my family and i did not want to for wolfgang had arthritist froming n both legs and now that its been about 2 months iv noticed to toal its taking on him and was woundering if any one could tell me how i could get a prsthetic leg for Wolfgang if u could just Email me and Marisaandblue@hotmail.com with the topic as Prosthetic Dog leg Thank you So much

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Diane   Monroe, WA

12/17/2007 7:56:09 PM

Interested in prosthetic leg for BUBBA. He is a two and a half year old pit bull. He was hit by a car and received severe nerve damage to his left front leg. Amputation has been recommended. Nothing has helped: water therapy, acupuncture. Any information

would be greatly appreciated. Bubba is a wonderful, loving dog.

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Jen   North Olmsted, OH

3/28/2007 9:17:55 AM

I saw this featured on Animal Planet.....all I can say is...AMAZING!!!!

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