Recently I wrote a post about my little neighbor dog, Rudy, who came down with Valley Fever. The disease attacked his central nervous system and left him with multiple fainting spells every day. One of the readers of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog contacted me saying that Rudy’s symptoms were very similar to dogs who contract Chagas Disease. She asked that I let pet owners know about this growing disease that can be deadly to your dog.
After Sophie became paralyzed I found myself scanning the news for stories about pets with special needs. I think I did it to prove to myself there were other people in the world going through the same challenges. I also did it to ease my fears that I wasn’t a “crazy lady.” Last week I came across an article in the news that put my worries to rest.
Have you ever tried to diaper your dog? It’s not as easy as you think, especially if your dog is paralyzed or has trouble standing. Sophie wore a diaper at night when she first became paralyzed and it was a real challenge to put it on and have it stay in place all night. Like most pets that become paralyzed Sophie was incontinent and while I could help her go potty during the day by expressing her bladder, staying dry the whole night was a different story. Continue reading
This amazing story about a special needs dog named Annie hit the news yesterday, but I knew I had to share it with readers like you, who are interested in making life better for pets with disabilities.
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
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
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.
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:
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:
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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