Veterinary tourism seems to have finally arrived in the district, offering a ray of hope to suffering canines and their distressed NRI owners. Barely a month after a female Gull Terrier from France was operated upon at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) for a leg surgery, nine months old golden retriever, Mixie became the second beneficiary of the competent and economical treatment, getting a new lease of life.
Clinical examination and Radiographs done at GADVASU showed that Mixie was suffering from bilateral Hip Dysplasia, a disease of hip joints in which congruence of both hip joints are lost making it difficult for the canine to stand or walk without pain.
“Nixy was in too much pain and we were not able to see her in this condition. A friend of mine who lives in Ludhiana told me that I should bring Nixy here to get her treated” said Mandeep, a citizen of Australia who operates a back office for financial institutions at Philippines. Unable to bear his pet’s suffering, Mandeep decided to travel 4622 Kms to Ludhiana, India for the surgery.
Mixie was operated upon successfully by the veterinarians for the disease in which a dog finds it difficult to walk due to pain. The treatment, though available in other countries as well, is too costly.
Mandeep found out that the treatment at Australia would have cost anywhere around 4000 US dollar or Rs 2, 80, 000 while at GADVASU, the entire treatment cost came out to be Rs 1200 only. The pet owners, Mandeep and his wife Nidhi Singh a US citizen, came to India a week ago and stayed at their Mohali residence.
He however says that immigration of a dog to India becomes a hectic and cumbersome procedure as India consulate at Philippines was not co-operative.
Dr Arun Anand who operates upon Mixie said that in this condition the hip joint, which is a ball and socket joint, becomes unstable due to shallow socket. “As a result the dog suffers from pain while standing and walking”.
He said that different treatment options were discussed with the owner. “Femoral Head ostectomy under general anesthesia was the surgical procedure done on Mixie. In this procedure head of right femur was removed surgically”.
Doctors say that the recovery will take at least two months after which Mixie would be able to run and sit without pain.