(CNN)A 9-year-old dog has a new skull and a cancer-free life because of 3D printing.
A dog lost part of her skull to cancer. So researchers printed her a 3D one
Patches, the cancer-stricken dachshund, is feeling better thanks to researchers at a Canadian university.
Dr. Michelle Oblak, a veterinary surgical oncologist with the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, worked with Cornell University small-animal surgeon Galina Hayes to remove the tumor growing on Patches' skull. They replaced the missing skull piece with a 3D-printed plate, which was made by medical technological company Adeiss.
The university said the procedure was a veterinary first in North America.