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Milo had severe limb deformity but can walk again thanks to Cave Veterinary Specialists.

Milo had severe limb deformity but can walk again thanks to Cave Veterinary Specialists.

Milo's Miles Better After Debilitating Leg Deformity Corrected

2 weeks ago

5th July, 2024 09h01

Linnaeus Group

A young Dachshund with a severe limb deformity can walk again thanks to veterinary surgeons at a leading Somerset animal hospital.

Seven-month-old Milo underwent the life-changing limb surgery, which used custom 3D-printed cutting guides, at Linnaeus-owned Cave Veterinary Specialists near Wellington.

Milo’s owners had noticed the shape of his lower limb looked abnormal and that he had been walking with an altered gait.

The cause was pes varus – in Latin pes means foot and varus means inward – which results in a bow-legged appearance. It is a recognised condition affecting young Dachshunds where the tibia is turned inward toward the body. 

Anna Nutt, European specialist in small animal surgery at Cave, said: “Milo underwent a CT scan of the pelvic limbs, which revealed the cause of his limb deformity.

“We then used the results from the CT scan for surgical planning and production of angular limb deformity correction guides. These patient-specific surgical guide systems are designed using 3D data from CT scans. 

“This enables us to create models to plan surgical interventions. In this case, 3D correction guides and a plate were created to enable precise correction of the deformity.

“Surgery went well and the post-operative radiographs showed good bone alignment and implant positioning.

“We’re delighted with Milo’s progress and he is gradually increasing his exercise. He’s a lovely dog and it was a pleasure to treat him and now see him doing so well.”

Cave, located just minutes from Junction 26 on the M5, offers comprehensive, specialist-led services in anaesthesia, cardiology, dentistry and oral surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, orthopaedic surgery and soft tissue surgery. 

For more information on Cave Veterinary Specialists, visit or search for Cave Veterinary Specialists on social media. 

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