A stitch in time . . . Alby on the road to recovery after calamity - The Solihull Observer

A stitch in time . . . Alby on the road to recovery after calamity

Solihull Editorial 23rd Jan, 2022   0

A DOG seriously injured in the Peak District is on the mend after being treated by Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service.

Three-year-old Sprocker Spaniel Alby, was unable to move after suffering the traumatic injury and was carried off the hills before being rushed to a vets in Sheffield.

However his wound was so serious he was swiftly referred for specialist treatment to Willows.

Alby has now made a remarkable recovery and grateful owner, James Biggins, from Sheffield, is full of praise for soft tissue specialist Will Robinson and the Willows’ team.




“My wife Rachel was out running with Alby in the Peaks along some familiar routes and he really does bound over the heather and does a lot of jumping around off the paths,” said his owner James Biggins, from Sheffield.

“Rachel saw him jump over a rock and then heard him make an awful noise, having landed on something sharp.


“Rachel wasn’t sure what had caused the injury but she did look over to where she thinks it happened and thought she saw a stick stuck between the rocks.

“He wouldn’t move and was in quite some distress. Rachel called me at work and I raced out to where they were and carried him off the hills before taking him straight to our local vets.”

The vet felt Alby needed specialist attention, and and Rachel and James, together with Alby, set off for Solihull.

“Alby was admitted as an emergency case,” said Will.

“A wound could be found between two of the ribs but, luckily for Alby, no significant damage to the organs or foreign material was discovered.

“The wound was closed and Alby was moved to recover for the following 36 hours.

“Alby was then allowed home under strict instructions to rest to allow his sternum to heal and the good news is that he is recovering really well.”

No-one is happier than Rachel, who said: “The Willows team were simply brilliant. It was obvious how dazed and upset we were but they handled that side of things so well.”

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