I get questions all the time about at-home rehab care books for pet parents so they can help their paralyzed, injured, immobile or geriatric dogs and cats in the privacy of their own homes. I did some research and found these three great books full of practical advice.
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals, by Susan E. Davis
Last week I introduced you to a brave dog named Skye who was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy, a progressive disease of the spinal cord that leaves dogs paralyzed. Today I want to introduce you to her equally brave pet parents, Dorri and Karol, who are dedicated to taking care of Skye.
This Wordless Wednesday I’m sharing three amazing special needs rescue groups you should know about.
Milo’s Sanctuary - Burbank CA. Meet adorable Ziggy Pawdust. She was found lying on the side of a road in New Mexico when she was just 6 weeks-old, presumably hit by a car. Ziggy is paralyzed from the waist down, but she is getting a second chance at life thanks to Milo’s Sanctuary. The group rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes cats that are blind, missing limbs or elderly.
A fellow pet parent contacted Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog recently and asked if I could recommend a product that had a flat surface and wheels so her paralyzed dog could lie on top of it and be easily pushed from one to room to another in their home. Both of us pictured a device that looked like the dolly a mechanic uses while working underneath a car.
I didn’t know of anything other than an actual mechanic’s dolly, but I thought the idea was very clever. Someone should invent a padded version of a mechanic’s dolly for large paralyzed dogs. The question brought back a flood of memories about Sophie and made me remember a very important lesson that I haven’t shared. Owners of paralyzed dogs should be prepared to do everything twice.
A tiny handicapped dog named Selina was awarded a very big honor when she was inducted into the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association Hall of Fame. It was the first time a dog in a wheelchair became an honoree.
My family welcomed little Bailey into our home just before Christmas 2014. She is the eighth puppy my husband and I have raised and the second to be crate trained. Using a crate system gives Bailey a safe den-like place that is all her own and gives me peace of mind that my puppy isn’t going to get into anything dangerous while I’m away from home. If I had known about crate training earlier, I would still have my favorite couch, kitchen chairs and a DVD collection that is probably worth a fortune.
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In their new role as Spokesdogs for Chewy.com Cody and Bailey did their first joint photo shoot this week. I call it a photo shoot, but actually it was an escapade of me chasing after the dogs like a mad woman trying to snap at least one good picture of them sampling a treat for a review. After countless pictures of trying to get the dogs to both look in my direction at the same time, I have a new appreciation for bloggers who do this on a regular basis.
Cody and Bailey just became Spokesdogs for Chewy.com. That means every month they will be trying one of the tasty treats on the Chewy.com website and offering an honest review about the product. This month they decided to taste test Liv-a-Littles® protein treats from Halo.
I love when people in a community pull together to help someone in need….especially when that someone is a homeless pet.
Girlie Girl was found paralyzed in a ditch on the side of the road last September after being hit by a car. The Humane Society of Faulkner County in Arkansas rescued the sweet Pit bull and after months of recovery it looked like she was slowly regaining the use of her legs. One bum foot stood in the way of her walking on her own until an animal lover in town came to her aid.