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French Bulldog needs to learn to walk again after freak paddling pool accident

His owners have now been left with an £8k vet bill

Danielle Elton

Posted 48d ago

A French Bulldog faces months of strict crate rest after an accident in a paddling pool left him paralysed from the waist down.

Three-year-old Chase was playing in the pool to cool off during the recent bout of warm weather when an accident injured his spinal cord.

He’s now got months of recovery ahead of him with a 50 percent chance of being able to walk again.

His owner, Terri Higgins, has now been left with an eye-watering £8,000 bill, an amount that has doubled since she first took Chase to the vets.

As well as trying to raise the money on JustGiving, Terri also wants to warn other owners to be vigilant when their dogs are cooling off in the pool.

She said: “Have your dogs in the pool but maybe help them in and out of the pool so they’re not jumping in.”

Sadly for poor Chase, this warning is something Terri and her family have had to learn the hard way after the freak accident.

Terri told TeamDogs: “When he jumped in he kind of yelped and we thought he’d gone over a bit funny on one of his paws.

“He instantly started limping on his right side so we just kind of put him to rest just to see how it was.

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“When we woke up the day after he was completely paralysed from the waist down.”

As it was the weekend, the only appointment the Failsworth family could get was almost 60 miles away near Blackburn. It was there they got the diagnosis of spinal damage and were referred to a specialist animal hospital in Chester.

It was also discovered that Chase had six vertebrae instead of seven.

Terri said: “He was taken to surgery immediately. Waiting for news was unbearable. We were all so upset.

“Within an hour we received a telephone call to say Chase had a reaction to the anaesthetic and he almost died, the operation had to be aborted until they stabilised him.”

After monitoring him for two days, the operation went ahead again successfully, although being able to walk again is something the specialists could not guarantee.

The 33-year-old owner said: “With any surgery, there’s risks involved. He is going to have to learn to walk again.

“If he does, it's just going to take time, between six and nine months. He’s got to have lots of physio, and he's got to go to the hydro sessions as well which is in the water.”

As well as being traumatic for Chase, this accident has also been incredibly hard for Terri, her husband and their three children.

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It’s been particularly hard on the couple’s 15-year-old son McKenzie. He suffers from perthes disease which has left him in a wheelchair.

Chase has been a real comfort to him with the pair being incredibly close.

Following the surgery, Chase is now back home with his family but faces a long recovery. He’s on strict crate rest and on pain medication four times a day.

Terri said: “He is doing really well but it’s going to be a very long road, he’s not going to walk overnight.

“I think we thought after the operation he was going to be fine but that’s not what’s happening. It’s going to take a good few months to get him up on his feet again.”

You can follow Chase’s story and donate to his campaign by visiting JustGiving.

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