Reflecting today on Thanksgiving’s of the past. This is Sophie relaxing after a big hike. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!
I’ve noticed that lots of bloggers are sharing recipes of homemade Thanksgiving treats for pets. I didn’t want to miss out on the trend, but I have a deep, dark secret when it comes to cooking. I am a very bad chef. The treat I make for Cody every night is a jar of organic turkey and brown rice baby food that I freeze in tiny plastic containers. He loves it, but that recipe wasn’t going to make the grade compared to the yummy homemade treats I’ve seen.
So I reached out to talented online chef Suzanne DeBrango who runs the popular blog apuginthekitchen. Suzanne’s outlook on cooking is, “If you love to cook and love food the possibilities are endless.”
If she could talk, a paralyzed dog named Greta would say that she has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. She was loved by her human dad and canine sister Alice for 8 years and then was taken in by her “Grammie” when she became a paraplegic. Her entire family pulled together to give her a second chance. Greta is also the only Pit bull dog enrolled in the Iowa State University clinical trial that is trying to get paralyzed dogs walking again.
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.