The Telegraph is reporting that a Belgian Shepperd from Surrey, UK was fitted with an in-bone prosthetic paw designed to have the skin grow into the metal of the device.
The operation was carried out by Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinary surgeon based in Farnham, Surrey, who specialises in repairing the damaged limbs of pets.
“The technology is not just the first time that the implant type has been used outside the human finger,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“Because it has been implanted into the radius of the forearm of the dog, it will act as a model for human amputees in the future and provides hope for people without feet or hands.”
He now hopes that the pioneering operation will go on to benefit victims of July 7 bombings and soldiers returning from Iraq.
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