Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Schmeichel’s Under the Weather

I’m not linking to the newspaper article as it contains a spoiler about a storyline but this ‘Corrie Canuck’ reporter will keep you posted on Schmeichel’s condition.

The following is a cut and paste of some of the details in the Daily Mail article:

Coronation Street dog Schmeichel is facing a real-life battle for survival. The Great Dane has undergone a major operation after being diagnosed with Wobblers Syndrome, a genetic condition that affects the spinal cord. His owners and 12-year-old Sam Aston, who plays his on-screen best pal Chesney Brown, now face an anxious wait to see if he recovers.

According to Schmeichel’s vet, "This is a condition that Schmeichel was born with. When he was about five or six months old he had a few problems but we thought they had been cured by vitamin treatment.”

Schmeichel is responding well but will need to undergo physio treatment to help him recover.

Schmeichel's role will be played by a stand-in; his five-year-old cousin Magnum - until a decision is made about his future.

His owner has asked that anyone wishing to send a gift to Schmeichel should instead make a donation to the Animal Health Trust.

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