Russian rescue dog Monika has a new leash on life after prosthesis surgery

The operation was performed by veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov, who is based in the city of Novosibirsk and has matched 37 animals with prosthetic limbs since 2015 — although Monika’s . is first dog take advantage of his work.

Two weeks after her surgery past the dog adapts well to her new mobility — and Gorshkov says she will soon to be leading a normal life, although he was “surprised” by the speed of her recovery.

“I don’t think we’re optimistic there over were,” he told CNN. “But on the third day she started to stand up and walking around the clinic, going from room to room.”

However, it was not easy to get Monika in to get into the operating room – she was initially . found without her legs in December 2020 by employees in the village of Plastunovskaya, and the volunteers who saved her suspicion that she had been abused.

Monika is in taken care of of animal rescue volunteers Marina Gapich and Alla Leonkina, based on in the South Russian city of Krasnodar, where she had her damaged limbs amputated and given a blood transfusion.

Gapich told CNN she and Leonkina had “sleepless nights” over Monika, and did not agree with veterinary advice to put her to sleep. The two women got in to touch with Gorshkov and raised 400,000 Russian rubles (over $5,400) for the operation.

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Monika’s prostheses then had to be printed by a 3D printer in the city of Troitstk, not far from Moscow and then bio-coated at Tomsk Polytechnic University before wearing Gorshkov out The procedure.

For the vet, a lot of to be work Has taken on An new meaning during the last 18 months, with the “pandemic pet” is particularly important to some.

“I am pleased to give An new life for the animals, especially now during Covid,” said Gorshkov. “People find some comfort in animals and thus by treating animals, I treat people.”

And Monika has already found her way in the hearts of the volunteers who saved her. Wanted of the dog would stay in Novosibirsk, Gapich’s answer was a definite no.

“We are her caretakers, we are responsible for her!” she told CNN, adding that she and Leonkina were in to touch with An in London based animal behavioral therapist who can now be consulted on Monika’s case.

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