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Biggles' story: a year on from a major fracture repair we hear from Biggles owner, Rowena, who lives in Perth, WA


Hilton WA

Dear Chris and colleagues,

Just a note to let you know how Biggles is going, 12 months on from the accident. As you can see from the photo, he is doing really well. We go walking most days, sometimes for a couple of hours. Even on cold mornings he shows no signs of limping, and handles the stairs very well.

Our vet over here (Rob Messeguer) was impressed by the surgery and hopefully there won’t be any problems in the future.

Thank you for the fantastic job you did on Biggles. He is a great friend and life would not be the same without a fit, happy Biggles running around. Please feel free to use this letter as a reference to any other client facing the same decisions I had to make – you did a wonderful job!

Once again, thank you all for the care you gave to Biggles and me during a difficult period.


It is lovely to hear back from a client about how a pet is doing down the line. Biggles was a real “gentle man” that we all got very attached to during his stay at South Grafton Vet Clinic last year. Biggles is a 10 year old German Shepherd Cross who we first met a year ago when he had a nasty accident.

Biggles and his owner Rowena, who live in Perth WA, were visiting family in Minnie Water when it all happened. Out for a walk on the beach Biggles disappeared into the bush and much to his owner’s horror re-appeared at the top of the headland which had steep drops onto rocks on either side. The worst thing then happened and Biggles lost his footing and fell to the rocks below. Rowena had to carry Biggles back along the beach to the car park as he could not walk and rushed him straight to South Grafton Vet Clinic for emergency treatment.

After treatment for shock and lots of pain relief x-ray pictures were taken which revealed a nasty fracture to the right elbow joint. Elbow fractures are always serious and a real challenge to repair, especially in an older dog that would be slower to heal explained Dr Chris Gough, who performed complex surgery to plate the shattered bone bringing everything back in line.

The picture below is an X-Ray showing the plate and screws that were used to repair the fracture. The picture was taken just after the operation that lasted for 3 hours. Biggles was hospitalized at South Grafton Vet Clinic for a total of 8 days and could not fly back to Perth for a few months until the injured leg had fully healed.


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