dotsure.co.za continues to invest in ground-breaking research and cutting-edge medical innovation to help animals in need of urgent and complex medical care and support veterinary surgeons who perform challenging procedures.
In the past year, dotsure.co.za has partnered with the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science several times to support pioneering and potentially life-saving procedures for dogs.
“Through our relationship with OVAH, we have been able to save a number of brave canines from tough medical circumstances,” says dotsure.co.za Chief Operating Officer David Roache.
“We sponsored Harold, a rescue dog that had suffered years of abuse, to be treated for a broken jaw that had drastically deteriorated and left him unable to eat,” he says, explaining that the bone graft Harold needed entailed removing the damaged bone, replacing it with transplanted bone tissue and inserting a mini locking plate to line it up again to ultimately help him regain his ability to eat.
This procedure was the first of its kind to be carried out at the OVAH, and a first for South Africa and dotsure.co.za was proud to support this monumental contribution to South African veterinary medicine, says Roache.
Last year, dotsure.co.za also supported the feisty Kei, a young Malinois cross that needed life-saving reconstructive surgery after she had been shot in the face while trying to protect her owners during a home invasion. The complicated treatment included fitting a specially commissioned high-tech titanium custom plate to stabilise her shattered jaw.
“This surgery was the second of its kind in South Africa, making a significant contribution to South African veterinary medicine and the industry as a whole,” notes Roache.
The most recent such medical intervention – to help Jack, a Boston Terrier that had acute hind-leg paralysis – drew on an important medical breakthrough that had had promising results in other countries: stem-cell injection into the spinal cord surgically to get neural growth and function back into the legs.
By laying the foundation for future life-saving procedures through ground-breaking veterinary science, this procedure, too, has brought hope for other dogs in South Africa.
OVAH specialist veterinary surgeon Dr Elge Bester based at the faculty’s Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies says that the injection, while ultimately too late for Jack, was a first of its kind at OVAH and “warrants further investigation” as a possible treatment option for other dogs in the future. “dotsure.co.za was incredible in contributing towards the surgical procedure,” she says.
The procedures done on Harold, Kei and Jack were three of many that dotsure.co.za has invested in to change the face of veterinary medicine, says Roache.
“It’s our responsibility to support research and innovation to move the needle forward in veterinary medicine. Every investment helps uncover new opportunities for veterinary practitioners and surgeons to innovate and save more animals.”