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Puppy’s close brush with death after 2ft tree branch impales leg while on walk

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In a miraculous moment, a lucky puppy cheated death by just a few millimetres as a two-foot-long tree branch impaled her leg while out on a walk.

The stick pushed through the pup's leg and came out clean from the other side in the close brush with death.

Roxy is a rambunctious whippet that was running around the woodlands on a walk with her owner when she fell and got impaled by the tree branch that was an inch-and-a-quarter-thick.

Despite the spike protruding through her thigh, she managed to limp back to the path where her owners found her and scooped her up.

Upon rushing her to the vet, they found out that the branch narrowly missed a major artery in her leg, which could've been fatal to the poor pooch if it had been pierced.

Vets carefully managed to surgically remove the stick without damaging either the artery or the sciatic nerve, where the object had come to rest, TeamDogs reports.

They say had the branch entered Roxy's leg just millimetres to one side she would have bled to death in minutes.

And within only days after the life-saving operation, the pup was back to her brilliant best – running around in circles, frantically wagging her tail and sniffing out treats.

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Veterinary nurse of 12 years, Anna Moran from Vets Now in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was part of the team that worked on Roxy.

She said: "In all my time working with animals I’ve never seen anything quite like this. It was a pretty extraordinary case, as the photos show.

“But amazingly, and probably against the odds, our vet Peter was able to remove the stick without doing any harm to Roxy and she was well enough to walk the next morning.

“Roxy’s owners thought they were going to lose her but her case shows that even in the bleakest of situations there’s always cause for hope if you act quickly.”

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They carried her half a mile to their car and to Vets Now, where Anna, Peter, and their team anaesthetised Roxy before cutting the branch at both sides.

Then they began the nerve-wracking task of prising out the remainder – knowing that if it snapped, the consequences could be fatal.

Fortunately, they were able to remove it whole and then went to work on flushing out pieces of bark from the entry and exit wounds.

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Roxy was kept in overnight for observation and much to Anna’s surprise she recovered quicker than expected, returning home that very day.

Anna said: “We’re all so pleased that Roxy has made such a good recovery, she was a lovely little character who made a big impression on us all.

“The branch had penetrated through the quadriceps, very narrowly missing a major artery and had come to rest right up against the sciatic nerve prior to exiting the caudal aspect of the thigh. What an incredible escape she’s had! She’s a very lucky and very brave puppy.”

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