Anyone who’s watched the Houston news and weather on Channel 2 has probably encountered the station mascot, Radar the weather dog. Back in December, the beloved pup’s groomer found a cancerous growth on the canine’s toe, sparking city-wide concern for his health.
Now, we are happy to offer a hopeful health update for the furry little guy: Dr. Loretta Bubenik-Angapen at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists will perform foot surgery on Radar, removing the cancerous growth as well as one toe from his back right paw. To help the pup maintain balance once the toe is removed, the doctor will fuse together two remaining foot bones.
Radar will have to wear a splint for 14 days after the procedure, but, after that, his doctors believe that he’ll be on a fairly quick road to recovery. He’ll still have to take cancer-fighting drugs to prevent the spread of his disease, but should otherwise be able to return to his weather-sniffing days of leisure.
Whether human or canine animal, foot surgery is a major deal and, done incorrectly, it can leave you dealing with life altering consequences. If you are facing an operation for your toe, foot or ankle and want to ensure that you’re in the best hands, schedule a pre-surgical consultation with Dr. Andrew Schneider before making a final decision regarding your provider.