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Russian Dog Gets Four Titanium Prosthetic Legs after Amputation

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save a dog: russian dog receives four titanium prosthetic legs

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Monika, a Russian rescue animal, defied all doctor recommendations for euthanasia. It is almost impossible to understand how such a conclusion can be reached after having all four legs amputated.

Monika, however, was determined to live and now has four prosthetic legs made of titanium.

Veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov took on the task of giving this dog new limbs and a new life!

Monika’s Survivor Story

NOVOSIBIRSK, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 19, 2021: An amputee dog named Monika seen after a surgery performed by veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov to receive four prosthetic paws at the Best vet clinic. Animal rights activists found the homeless amputee dog in December 2020 in southern Russia and brought it to Novosibirsk. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS

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People reports that Monika was saved in the small Russian town Plastunovskaya. She was taken in for treatment because all four of her paws were severely injured.

Unfortunately, Monika’s injuries weren’t treatable — at least, not in any way where she would be able to keep her legs. She was transferred to Krasnodar, where doctors performed a blood transfusion, then amputated her legs.

Marina Gapich, Alla Leonkina and Alla Lenkina, shelter workers, took care of the puppy. They were unsure of what to do and sought out recommendations on how to care for the pup. The majority of vets said that the poor puppy should be put to sleep, but one exception.

Extreme cases call for extreme doctors

NOVOSIBIRSK, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 19, 2021: Veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov holds an amputee dog named Monika after a surgery to install four prosthetic paws at the Best vet clinic. Animal rights activists found the homeless amputee dog in December 2020 in southern Russia and brought it to Novosibirsk. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS

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Sergei Gorshkov (a Novosibirsk veterinarian) was told to the women. Gorshkov has provided prosthetic legs to more than 37 animals since 2015. Monika would be Gorshkov’s first dog patient. The surgery cost $5,400.

Believing Monika to be worth every penny, Gapich and Leonkina raised the funds and enlisted Gorshkov’s help. In the end, he not only saved the pup’s life but gave her a new one.

Gorshkov admits, though, that he wasn’t quite sure what to be optimistic about. She wonders if she will be able live a normal, dog-like life. He said that he was. “shocked”She was amazed at how quick she adapted to her new legs.

“On the third day, she started standing up and walking around the clinic, going from room to room,”Gorshkov spoke. “I’m happy to give a new life to the animals.”

“People find some consolation in animals, and so by treating animals, I treat people,”He added.

Monika, where will these prosthetic legs take her?

NOVOSIBIRSK, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 19, 2021: Veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov pets an amputee dog named Monika after a surgery to install four prosthetic paws at the Best vet clinic. Animal rights activists found the homeless amputee dog in December 2020 in southern Russia and brought it to Novosibirsk. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS

(Picture Credit to Kirill KukhmarTASS via Getty Images

Monika will now work with a London-based animal behaviourist to sort out the trauma that led to her new legs.

Whether she’ll make for a loving companion doesn’t seem to be the question, whatsoever. The effort will be focused on finding the right family for her.

Preferably, she’ll find a family that will understand, love, and be well prepared to care for such an extraordinary canine.

Monika is an example of a dog who has difficulty with mobility. You should visit your vet to see what they can do. DogTime offers a comprehensive guide to wheelchairs and can help you decide if your dog would benefit from one.

What do you think of Monika’s journey? Did you know that dogs can heal and lead a normal life? Comment below.

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