Darcy, the two-year-old liver-coated cocker spaniel, has one amazing survival story. When she fell down a 60ft dam on a walk in the Highlands of Scotland (below), Darcy was badly injured. Darcy recently won PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year. As part of Darcy’s recovery, her owner, vet nurse Wendy Lyon, used Pooch & Mutt’s Mobile Bones and Salmon Oil.
First off, how is Darcy getting on now?
When the accident happened, she was very broken and just so many parts of her were damaged. All the bones of her femur were sticking out of her leg. More pressing at the time of the accident was that she was in stage 3 shock, which means that she had lost about 30-40% of her blood. It was just horrific. It was a real rollercoaster of emotions. She should never have survived that fall but she did. She’s absolutely an amazing dog.
What made you choose Pooch & Mutt's Mobile Bones?
She was 9 days in the hospital and I went out and got both for her coming home. So she’s been on it since literally the accident. I put Salmon Oil on top of her food and mix it with Mobile Bones, she doesn't even know it's there! I’m a Vet Nurse and I had spoken to quite a lot of people whose dogs had been in serious accidents that had used Mobile Bones. I looked at all the different supplements available, I read the reviews, I spoke to the Vet and so on. I then made the decision that Mobile Bones was what I was looking for to help aid Darcy’s recovery.
It really seems to work! Certainly, her x-rays have shown an incredible amount of new bone growth. The orthopaedic Vet can’t believe it! We were worried about infection because it was a compound fracture, so all of these bones were exposed to the outside and she was laying on them in the bottom of the dam, which was obviously not clean. Even when she was lying in her blood, she was looking 60ft up at us, she was wagging her tail!
How is Darcy now compared to how she was before?
She’s doing so much better now and has recovered tremendously. She’ll never be 100% normal on that back leg because of the extend of scar tissue, but we’re working with her amazing massage therapists (below). The front leg has carpal arthrodesis, which means that she can’t flex the joint. The front leg is stiff, but you’d never know. She’s actually changed how she walks so she uses both front legs in the same way and doesn't limp at all.
On holiday last week, she was out for three hours at a time. She was doing the same walks as all our other dogs. She hasn’t even been on any painkillers at all since last September. She really does get on with it. She’s an amazing dog.