SAN ANTONIO - A Border Patrol K-9 almost retired due to back problems, but Kvido was saved with a first-of-its-kind surgery.
At only 4 years old, Kvido was diagnosed with degenerative lumbosacral stenosis.
"The way he was before, he didn't want to engage in work," said David Morales, a Border Patrol K-9 coordinator.
But then, Kvido received an implant in his lower back.
"This particular procedure has been performed on humans hundreds of thousands of times," said Dr. James Giles III, a South Texas.
The implant helped stabilize Kvido's back.
"The statue [of a dog] is much smaller," Dr. Giles noted. " So we have a more narrow space to work with. We have to be able not to damage the spine."
The surgery was a success, and after eight weeks of extensive rehabilitation, Kvido is ready to go back to work.
"He's going to be working well," Morales said. "Doing what he's supposed to be doing."
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