Hendon dachshund makes amazing recovery after being hit by bike

The four-legged local resident received specialist care after she was run over last year reports Egle Rameikaite

Frida following her recovery – (Credit – RVC)

A tiny Hendon dog has made an incredible recovery after being treated by specialists following a collision with a bike last summer.  

Frida, a two-year-old miniature dachshund, sustained injuries so severe that she might have been put down but her owners were determined to give her a “fighting chance” to survive and sent her to the Royal Veterinary College(RVC)’s Queen Mother Hospital for Animals in Hatfield. 

Frida, who weighs less than 5 kg, sustained injuries including pelvic fractures, significant intraabdominal bruising and a urethral rupture (a tear in the tube through which a dog urinates) and was an in patient at the RVC’s Hertfordshire-based animal referral hospital for small animals for over a week.

Frida’s owner Nancy McCartney said, ‘’Considering the position we found ourselves in June 2022, we cannot thank the amazing team at RVC enough. They were kind, understanding, and explained everything to us in as much detail as we needed. The communication from the veterinary surgeons was brilliant.”

Matthew Simpson, a veterinary specialist-in-training at the RVC, said: “The case was a multidisciplinary collaboration between different specialist teams, including Soft Tissue and Orthopaedic Surgery and Critical Care, with veterinary specialists, residents, registered veterinary nurses and veterinary patient care assistants from across different teams all working together to help Frida. We have really enjoyed hearing about Frida’s progress – she’s such a resilient little dog!”

Frida’s owners were given a graded exercise programme to support her recovery when she was discharged. This started with five-minute walks 3-4 times a day, increasing to 20-minute walks a day after the first two weeks.

It took many months but Frida is now almost as she was before the accident according to Nancy: “She loves nothing more than chasing her ball on the beach down in Devon and snuggling up under the blanket on the sofa. Frida spent the first few weeks at home getting back to eating and sleeping. She had lost a lot of weight post-accident, but she slowly gained confidence in walking small distances and her personality came back.’’

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