Hetty’s Story – Ruptured Toe Ligament
Meet Hetty, a lovely three-year-old Belgian Malinois, who is a dog with a very special job – she’s trained in scent detection and tracking with the UK College of Scent Dogs (UKCSD) and has been specifically trained to track lost dogs!
Sadly she was referred to our orthopaedics team as an emergency after a recent spell of lameness in her right forelimb suddenly worsened.
Diagnosis and surgery
Under the care of ECVS Resident Surgeon Eirik Kvale, Hetty had surgery to remove the bone fragment and repair a complete rupture of the medial collateral ligament of the 5th digit last week and has returned for regular bandage changes since.
Hetty’s training in tracking lost dogs has been going really well under the instruction of her mum and Dr Robert Hewings from UKCSD. She currently has a 100% track record having found every dog she’s been trialled to find, including one dog which was lost for three years after becoming feral.
In six weeks’ time, she’ll hopefully be fully recovered and ready to return to her important job. Hetty will soon be officially licensed to become the UK’s first licenced sniffer dog to track lost dogs!
Thank you, Hetty for your service to animals. We wish you all the best for your bright future.