Paralyzed dog River walks again after surgery at UC Davis

A 7-year-old paralyzed border collie can walk again thanks to UC Davis veterinarians. Back in…

A 7-year-old paralyzed border collie can walk again thanks to UC Davis veterinarians. Back in October, River the dog collapsed and was paralyzed in his hind legs without warning. He had suffered a ruptured disc that left his spinal cord compressed.UC Davis veterinarians performed neurosurgery to repair the problem and the pooch is now starting to make progress, though he has months of rehab ahead. “We basically drill away some of the bone over his vertebrae to remove the material that’s pressing on his spinal cord,” said Marguerite Knipe with UC Davis Veterinary Medine. “He’s been recovering over the past six weeks.”Lin Drafton, the dog’s owner, said it was “phenomenal” that River can now walk on his own and wag his tail. “That was a happy day when that wagging came back,” she said.

A 7-year-old paralyzed border collie can walk again thanks to UC Davis veterinarians.

Back in October, River the dog collapsed and was paralyzed in his hind legs without warning.

He had suffered a ruptured disc that left his spinal cord compressed.

UC Davis veterinarians performed neurosurgery to repair the problem and the pooch is now starting to make progress, though he has months of rehab ahead.

“We basically drill away some of the bone over his vertebrae to remove the material that’s pressing on his spinal cord,” said Marguerite Knipe with UC Davis Veterinary Medine. “He’s been recovering over the past six weeks.”

Lin Drafton, the dog’s owner, said it was “phenomenal” that River can now walk on his own and wag his tail.

“That was a happy day when that wagging came back,” she said.