Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Video: Bella the Dachshund is back on her paws after emergency surgery in Newmarket

PUBLISHED: 18:40 30 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:05 01 August 2014

Bella the dachshund

Bella the dachshund

Archant

An animal charity has helped five-year-old Dachshund Bella to “walk again”.

Bella, a five-year-old Dachshund, was referred to the Animal Health Trust’s (AHT) Small Animal Centre, based in Kentford, Suffolk from the RSPCA’s Southend branch at the end of February. Bella, a five-year-old Dachshund, was referred to the Animal Health Trust’s (AHT) Small Animal Centre, based in Kentford, Suffolk from the RSPCA’s Southend branch at the end of February.

She was referred to the Animal Health Trust’s (AHT) Small Animal Centre, based in Kentford near Newmarket, from the RSPCA’s Southend branch at the end of February.

Bella, an indoor dog, had lost the movement and feeling in her back legs which was also causing her a lot of pain.

She was assessed by Elsa Beltran, senior clinician in neurology, who suspected a lesion in her spinal cord.

Bella underwent Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of her spine, which revealed a large slipped disc compressing her spinal cord. Ms Beltran then performed emergency surgery to remove a ruptured spinal disc.

The operation went well and Bella started receiving daily physiotherapy, including the use of the AHT’s underwater treadmill in its hydrotherapy centre.

Four days after surgery, Ms Beltran and another nurse noticed some movement in one of her hind feet and the next day she was able to move her left back leg.

She received daily care from the dedicated nursing team and was able to move to a new home with a family in March.

Gaining more strength each day, Bella has started moving both legs and is walking unaided.

Ms Beltran said: “It is so rewarding to see lovely Bella walking again and wagging her tail. The hard work of the AHT small animal team has definitely paid off and I am also so pleased that Bella has found a great family that can love her as she deserves. Bella is a real fighter.”

Bella had to return to the AHT a few weeks later with another slipped disc, but the charity says she has made a full recovery following more surgery and is now walking even better than before.

The family of a missing Suffolk woman have “serious concerns” about her safety, police have said.

A formation of Lynx helicopters made a stop at Wattisham Flying Station today to mark the end of the aircraft’s distinguished 40-year career with the British Army.

A former head teacher from Saffron Walden who was found with “horrific” child abuse images has avoided jail.

A man from Bedfordshire has been arrested in connection with a ram-raid in Long Melford.

A man and a teenager from Stowmarket have been charged with robbery along with a series of other offences.

More than four thousand people have signed a petition launched by a concerned Mum, urging the county council to scrap a controversial consultation into cutting free school transport.

Ipswich Town Hall is preparing for its 150th birthday with a major celebration at the end of the month.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

London Boat Show 2018

cover

Click here to view
London Boat
Show supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24