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Smol, named because she was found as an adult with a very small (smol) stature (incidentally she is now a bit of smol chonk).

She was taking refuge in an overcrowded with junk garage, could barely walk, was partly dragging her back legs and partly struggling hard to bear weight. As a result, she hadn't been able to hunt because she was very malnourished, anaemic an in generally terrible condition internally and externally. She had an external appearance that most members of the public and fox rescues would assume was mange as most do not confirm with skin scrapes and theres a lot of misinformation online about it) but her appearance was the result of prolonged malnutrition. On x-ray it appeared that she had a slipped disc. The vet surgeon said based on the findings there was nothing surgically he could do and that it was a case of seeing how the issue rectified itself.

I realised, whenever I've had a back injury or slipped disc I've had amazing success with an osteopath. So a few phone calls and emails later I found an osteopath also trained in canine osteopathy, Glenn Sontag in the London area. He found three points of trauma, provided some immediate therapy to her and showed me with demonstration and hands on how to continue the treatment for her ongoing. The whole experience with Glenn was brilliant with the added benefit of being extremely relaxing.

Smol has made a remarkable recovery with virtually full mobility, with a slipped disc though the risk of reoccurrence is too high to warrant wild release. At least it if reoccurs I can get her back to an osteopath, but in the wild she would very likely die.

Smol's story

full story of the fox


  • Slipped Disc

  • Weak/lame hind legs

  • Emaciated from malnourishment

  • Dehydrated

  • Anaemia

  • 20+ Ticks

  • Haematology results indicative of possible Ehrlichiosis, conducive with some symptoms (lame rear legs)


  • Osteopathy and physiotherapy (fortunately she was very chill and tolerant during this).

  • Bravecto (fluralaner) - Tick & Flea

  • Panacur - various gastrointestinal parasites and lungworm

  • Nutrional support for the malnourishment based anaemia

  • Initially Aqupharm 11 Hartmann's solution sub cutanous for the dehydration

  • Oralade and Royal Canin Rehdytration Support in water for the initial electrolytic replenishment

  • Erhlichiosis treatment was not required.


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