The popular blog Fidose of Reality asked a poignant question in a story called Dog Survives Rare Heart Surgery. The story is about pet owner who spent nearly $32,000 to fly a specialized veterinary surgeon to the U.S. to perform a rare and risky surgery on his little dog, Esme. The surgery had never been done by American veterinarians.
Fidose of Reality asked readers, “What would you do? Would you risk it to help your dog you love so very much?
The question made me think of a decision I am struggling with every day about cat heart disease. So I’m posing this question to you, “Would you have your cat tested to see if he has a heart disease that has no cure?”
Muffin’s Halo looks a lot like a costume your dog might wear to a Star Trek convention, but it’s actually a functional headpiece to help blind dogs move around safely in their environment. I was excited when I was introduced to the product because I know the perfect dog that could benefit from it.
I understand how other people’s baby (puppy) pictures can make you turn and runaway, but I just couldn’t help myself from sharing the “good old days”. Sophie was around 6 months-old when I grabbed her from a high-kill shelter. After being part of my family for 2 days, she came down with Distemper. This picture was taken after that ordeal.
By Lisa Luckenbach
Guest blogger: Lisa Luckenbach is a registered yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, public speaker and the founder of the Wiggleless® dog back brace. Lisa developed the product after June, her beloved Dachshund, was diagnosed with IVDD (intervertebral disc disease). Read more about Lisa and the amazing back brace inspired by June at Wiggleless®.
The passing of Halloween has always represented the beginning of the ‘holiday season’ for me. I really like this time of year. There are a lot more social gatherings and parties. I see more friends and family and spend time catching up with them. I also, like many, enjoy the holiday comfort foods.
Dogs are susceptible to a variety of inherited neurological disorders. Like Sophie, some of them can lead to paralysis. Here is a list of the 5 top dog brain disorders and the breeds predisposed. If you think your dog might be suffering from a neurological condition, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a diagnosis.
Dog towel walking is an easy technique owners of paralyzed or immobile dogs should learn. It allows you to lift your dog comfortably and move them around without injuring them. It doesn’t replace a lifting sling or rear harness, but it’s great in a pinch if you can’t get to your regular equipment. Dog towel walking is also a good tool for arthritic dogs and dogs recovering from surgery.
I found the perfect video that demonstrates the concept of dog towel walking.
Towel walking can be made from any bath towel that is large enough and strong enough to support your dog’s weight. While your dog is lying down place the middle section of the towel in front of your dog’s back legs and let the ends lay flat on either side. Make sure you have enough material on each side to pull together. Gently bring the two ends of the towel together to create a sling.
Have you ever used the dog towel walking technique for your immobile pet?
Take a look at these follow-up stories for more ideas to help your paralyzed dog get moving:
Dog Wheelchair Review – Wheelchairs for dogs come in lots of shapes and sizes. Here is a list of my favorites.
My Favorite Harnesses – There a many types of harnesses for disabled dogs. Here is a list of my top picks.
If you’ve ever read my stories, you know that I am a huge fan of the clinical trial being conducted at Iowa State University to get paraplegic dogs walking. The study for paralyzed dogs is combining rigorous physical therapy with injections of a new drug into the spine to restore communication between a dog’s brain and legs. I was very excited when I (virtually) met Oscar Madison, a little dog that is taking part in the clinical trial.
Here’s an interview Oscar’s mom Christian shared about her dog and why they joined the study.
Here are some words of wisdom from Sophie about life as a paralyzed dog. Hope you’ll tune in daily for more quotes, stories, inspiration and practical advice at Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog.
November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month so I am deviating from talking about pets with special needs to share an important brand new clinical trial for cats with an aggressive form of cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common and deadly form of oral tumors in cats, but thanks to a promising new treatment from MBF Therapeutics, hope is on the horizon to stop this disease.