Dog paralysed after overfeeding recovering well after surgery

A dog who was left paralysed after being overfed is recovering well after emergency surgery.

Adorable pooch Button Moon was found hiding under a car in Chartham Hatch in Canterbury, Kent, in September last year.

The six-year-old was taken in by Chartham-based animal charity Flori's Friends Rescue after he was found to have no microchip and no owners came forward to claim him.

Button Moon was given urgent spinal surgery and made a full recovery, finding a new home in January.

But sadly his new owners failed to listen to the advice given to them by the animal charity, allowing him to become "fat and immobile".

Founder Natalia George said: "Unfortunately they didn't listen to our advice.

"Button Moon needed to stay slim and exercised, and sadly has gotten fat and immobile.

"They overfed him so much his spine has now collapsed, and they've handed him back to rescue because they don't want to pay the bills."

The cash-strapped rescue centre set up a fundraiser to pay for the chihuahua's surgery, raising a whopping £7,310 so that he could be treated urgently by a spinal specialist at the Royal Veterinary College.

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Button Moon underwent his surgery at the end of August and is now recovering well.

Miss George said: "It's really, really great.

"The surgery went so well – he's like a rocket now. He's not paralysed any more. He's running around, or rather he's trying to run around but he's not allowed.

“He's on crate rest for four weeks, but his mobility's already 10 million times better. He's unrecognisable.”

Natalia said Button Moon has already lost a kilo since the surgery and is looking better than ever.

He will spend the next four weeks recovering at a foster home in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, but will be available for adoption in about four to five weeks.

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