The future is here, at least for one little adoptable Chihuahua called Peggy Leg (right). Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue LTD in Albuquerque, NM, took in the pup — who was born without a back paw — and began looking for a way to save her leg.
First they thought of a prosthesis, but then they learned that North Carolina State University in Raleigh was looking for a small and needy dog on whom to try a titanium-implant. (The procedure has been used successfully on 100 humans and at least one cat in Europe, but more research is needed before it’s approved in the U.S.) Peggy was just who the program was looking for.
“She’s going to be a bionic dog,” Mary Jewell of Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue told KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, in an interview.
The implant becomes part of the body and functions better than a prosthetic device. Peggy will not only gain use of her leg, but the research should help get the procedure approved in the U.S. and will help not only dogs, but humans as well.
Whether bionic or not, little Peggy Leg needs a home most of all, so the rescue group posted her on Petfinder to help her find a family. View Peggy Leg’s profile.
Would you ever consider having this procedure done on your pet, or would you opt for amputation?