Dachshund Millie who had surgery for IVDD at Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurology

Client Column: Our Millie by Sarah Baxter

Published 26.06.18

Our Millie, By Sarah Baxter

Our Miniature Dachshund, Millie, was just two months away from turning four when I noticed she was starting to show symptoms of IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease).

We had an appointment scheduled with Fitzpatrick Referrals for the following day but Millie deteriorated in less than 24 hours. We were told to bring her in immediately. She was screaming in pain, so being able to pick up the phone and hear support was waiting for us helped in so many ways.

Dr Clare Rusbridge, Chief of Neurology, was there immediately and the moment we met, I felt a wave of relief during what was no doubt the most traumatic situation I’ve ever had to face as a dog parent.

Clare was so calm and carefully explained all the possibilities. After an MRI scan, it was decided surgery would give Millie the optimum chance of full recovery. Clare’s kind approach together with a clear plan of action and helpful descriptions made all the difference. Leaving Millie behind was the hardest thing to do but just knowing she was with Clare and the team, gave more comfort than I can even describe.

Millie stayed at Fitzpatrick Referrals for eight days and we were updated daily. Receiving this phone call meant the world to me and my family. It was our connection to our little girl. This level of attention to detail and personal touch truly makes all the difference when going through the trauma of a seriously ill dog.

Millie not only benefited from the surgical prowess of Clare and received so much love from the patient care team, but she also benefited from physiotherapy with Fiona Doubleday, Rehabilitation Team Leader. Fiona’s supportive manner and careful recovery plan helped Millie improve so much. Millie has also enjoyed numerous hydrotherapy sessions with Amie and the team. She adores going there!

Sarah Baxter with her dog Millie who was treated at Fitzpatrick Referrals for IVVD
Millie with brother Ted and mum Sarah.

I cannot begin to put into words how grateful we all are for each and every one of the Fitzpatrick team who has helped (and is still helping) with Millie’s recovery. Whilst a closer surgery was available, I knew there was only one place I wanted Millie to be and that was Fitzpatrick Referrals.

It is a true haven and beacon of hope for those in need. The skill of their work, love, care and support is second to none. Forever grateful. Thank you for helping us bring our girl home.

Millie’s mum, Sarah

You can read more about Millie on Sarah’s dog blog Twilight Bark.

Read our client page on intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

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