Dog defies death by surviving terrifying 30ft fall from a cliff while out on a walk
Cats always land on their feet, but golden Labrador Billy did too by defying death after surviving a 30ft cliff fall.
The four-year-old pooch lost his bearings when out on a walk and fell a terrifying 30ft down a cliff, fracturing his neck.
Billy was out walking with paw-rents Charlotte Robinson and Richard Mitchell who said they were in disbelief when he fell from the rock face in rural Hawick, Northumberland.
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“We were terrified as Billy had essentially broken his neck,” they said.
He was fitted with a neck brace after an MRI scan found a mild vertebral displacement and placed on a strict cage rest and controlled exercise.
Charlotte and Richard, from Morpeth, added: “We were reassured that not all neck injuries need surgery, which gave us hope.
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“He had about three months of cage rest, physio and hydrotherapy but is now a normal dog again. He has wobbly moments but doesn’t care when he’s running at what looks like 90mph!”
Vets decided Billy could avoid surgery and instead undergo hydrotherapy using a hi-tech underwater treadmill for his recovery.
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Hydrotherapist Lynne Burdis from Wear Referrals’ veterinary practice in Bradbury, County Durham, explained: “Using an underwater treadmill enabled us to work alongside Billy to ensure he was balanced naturally and fully supported throughout his sessions.
“Applying the buoyancy effect of the water and altering the water and incline levels also meant we could adapt the equipment to Billy’s requirements and encourage a better walking pattern.”
Billy is now back to running around like a normal dog and is making a full recovery.