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Bess before her treatment by Philippa Bradley.
Bess and friends
Bess with vet Philippa Bradley and Warrington Animal Welfare team members Caroline Tebbs and Reba Russell.

A dog’s life has been transformed after a vet removed a 10in growth from between its back legs.

The growth, which was like a skin tag that had been left to grow, was causing four-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier Bess pain and seriously hindering her mobility.

Intricate surgery

It took 45 minutes of intricate surgery at Orford Veterinary Centre in Warrington, Cheshire – part of the independently owned Willows Veterinary group – to remove the growth.

Head vet Philippa Bradley, who performed the surgery, said she had never seen anything like it in her career.

She explained: “It was almost touching the floor and was at risk of becoming traumatised and damaged, resulting in a serious infection, pain and suffering.

“There were also signs of two further growths developing in the area close to the original one, which were removed at the same time.”

‘Removed whole’

Dr Bradley continued: “As a charity case, the lump was not histology analysed, but it was removed whole and we hope the growth won’t recur and Bess is cured.”

Bess had been signed over to Warrington Animal Welfare when she underwent surgery.

Warrington Animal Welfare representative Caroline Tebbs said the rescue could not thank Dr Bradley enough for agreeing to step in and remove the growth.

The charity is now hoping to rehome Bess.

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