WW: Inspirations On Wheels

When I started Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, my plan was to share information with pet owners who were facing the challenges of a dog or cat with disabilities. What I found instead were dedicated individuals who do everything humanely possible to give handicapped pets a quality life. I found inspiration for pets on wheels. Continue reading

Take The Canine Acupuncture Quiz

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Canine acupuncture is a growing option for a wide variety of health problems in our dogs. It was one of the first treatments I explored for Sophie when she became paralyzed. I took her for a series of acupuncture treatments because the procedure improved a congenital heart condition for my dog Shadow when she was a puppy. Continue reading

Paralyzed Kitten Is Learning To Walk

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A paralyzed kitten that was rescued from a drainpipe is getting the chance to live a normal life.  The five month-old who was given the name Bruce Lee because of his kicks and fighting will to survive, is learning to walk again.

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WW: Interview With Canine Physical Therapy Expert













I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt(Animal Physio), CAFCI, CCRT. If you aren’t familiar with her name, the long list of credentials that follow it should give you a hint that Laurie Edge-Hughes is one of the leaders in her field of canine physical therapy.

After earning a degree in human physical therapy in 1993, Laurie realized she had a special interest in working with animals. She completed courses offered by the Canadian Horse and Animal Physical Therapists Association, which was the only type of animal PT education available at the time and then opened Four Leg Rehabilitation Therapy in Calgary, AB, Canada. Laurie realized there was a gap between the level of care given to large animals and the type of treatment available for small companion animals so she created and taught the first course in canine physical therapy in North America. She is still at the forefront of the field today teaching new canine physical therapists and speaking at symposiums around the world.

Here is my interview with Laurie:

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The Winner Of Our Giveaway From ‘the honest kitchen’…..


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We have a new winner for our latest Giveaway from “the honest kitchen” of two taste test packages of healthy, grain-free dog food.

The winner of the giveaway is:

Lauren E.

Congratulations Lauren!

If you didn’t win this Giveaway don’t be discouraged because there will be many more in the future.

You can learn more about “the honest kitchen” and their great raw and grain-free products for dogs and cats by visiting their website: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com.


Infographic: When To Take Your Pet To The Veterinarian

For those of us with special needs pets, keeping your cat or dog as healthy as possible is the ultimate goal.  Today I’m sharing this Infographic about the basic care your pet needs and signs that an animal is having an emergency that needs immediate attention.  I’m going to clip this Infographic and post it on my refrigerator.  I hope you’ll keep it close by too! Continue reading

My Favorite Harnesses For Handicapped Dogs












If you have a paralyzed, partially immobile dog, or a dog recovering from surgery a harness is one of the most important tools you can have on hand. Harnesses make it easier to move your dog from one part of the house to another and they take the stress off your back when you lift your pet in and out of a car or walk them outside for a potty break. Harnesses also give your dog a sense of independence because they allow them to move just like they did when they could walk on their own. Here are my top three favorite harnesses for handicapped dogs.

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WW: 3 Medical Conditions Every Pet Owner Should Know













The complete title of this story is: 3 Medical Conditions Every Pet Owner Should Know and The Miracle Treatments/Research To Cure Them, but it was way too long. One of the goals of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is to share information about diseases and conditions that leave pets paralyzed, partially immobile or with neurological problems and the modern advances to cure them. Today I’m sharing three that readers found most interesting.

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Can You Guess Rudy’s Diagnosis?

The sweet dog that has fainted in this video is my neighbor Rudy. He is a 7lb. toy poodle who celebrated his fifth birthday last week. Two weeks ago little Rudy started showing signs of a dry cough that sounded like he was clearing his throat. After a few days the cough escalated to a honking goose like hack that Rudy couldn’t stop. His family took him to the veterinarian where he received antibiotics and cough medicine. Three hours later Rudy began to lose his balance and then fainted.

Can you guess Rudy’s diagnosis?

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