Billy’s story – ruptured achilles tendon
Five-year-old working dog, Yellow Labrador Billy, was recently referred to Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurology for an assessment of his right hind limb lameness.
Poor Billy had ruptured his Achilles tendon and unfortunately, a surgical repair performed elsewhere had become infected and failed. Without a functioning Achilles tendon, Billy’s tarsal (hock) joint would collapse to the floor.
Pre and post-surgery
Back for his 6-week check-up
It was great to see Billy back for his check-up, six weeks following surgery, pictured here with his surgeon James.
Billy has now been given the all-clear to start gentle training for work again. Billy plays an important role in society as a scent dog within a prison to detect banned substances.