Swimming lessons have helped prevent a three-legged puppy lose another limb.
Meg, a four-month-old Staffordshire Bull Mastiff cross-breed, came to the RSPCA centre at Altham aged four days old with a stunted hind leg.
She was struggling to walk so vets took the decision to amputate the limb, but that amputation created stress on her other back leg - which staff feared may lead to her losing another leg.
Luckily a vet suggested that hydrotherapy might help Meg build up strength in her remaining hind leg.
Hydrotherapy is a technique used for building up an animal’s limbs using swimming and other underwater techniques.
Jeanette Ainscough, RSPCA Altham’s animal centre manager got in touch with Canine Health and Hydro, which offered to give Meg hydrotherapy treatment for free. The puppy had a week of intensive treatment and is now attending three sessions a week to help her development.
Jeanette said: “We were faced with the prospect of this lovely little puppy losing the use of her remaining hind leg.
“The hydro really has made a massive difference, and Meg is getting stronger all the time.”