Puppy with Upward-Facing Paws Can Now Run Freely after Successful Corrective Surgery

In this Jan. 9 photo, Dr. Erik Clary of Oklahoma State University holds a puppy named Milo, born with his front paws facing up instead of down and unable to walk.The dog is recovering after surgery.
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The puppy Milo wasn’t like the others.

While an eight-week-old should be running around and generally frolicking, Milo was limited to a slower pace, getting around with something akin to a forearm scooch.

The beagle and coon hound mix was born with a congenital dislocation of the elbows which forced both of his front paws to face upward instead of down.

“With both elbows out of joint, Milo was unable to walk. Try as he may, the best he could do was an inefficient and seemingly uncomfortable ‘army crawl,’ ” Erik Clary, associate professor of small animal surgery at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, told the school’s press office.

Dr. Erik Clary holds Milo on Wednesday at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Clary and his team said it will take intensive rehabilitation for Milo to learn to walk.
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Clary and his team performed corrective surgery on Milo on Jan. 9, after the pooch was turned over to an animal rescue organization. In nearly 30 years of performing surgeries, Clary said he’s only seen three patients with Milo’s rare condition, needing surgery that’s “very complicated,” he said.

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SOURCE: NPR, by Vanessa Romo