Learning how to put a paralyzed dog into a dog wheelchair by yourself takes practice. This is especially true for large paraplegic dogs who can’t stand or support their own weight. The person helping the dog into the cart is responsible for lifting them while moving them into position. This might sound like an impossible task, but most pet owners successfully learn how to do it. In fact, the process eventually becomes second nature. [Read more…]
Are you familiar with integrative veterinary medicine? It’s a type of veterinary practice you should know if your dog or cat has a spinal condition. Taking your pet to an integrative veterinarian can benefit your paralyzed dog and you in lots of ways. It can save you time and ensure that your fur kid receives coordinated medical care.
Life can get crazy for the caretaker of a paraplegic pet. When Sophie started to lose her ability to walk, we made visits to our regular veterinarian for her medical workup, we went to a specialist for laser therapy, and we had weekly appointments with the holistic veterinarian for her acupuncture treatments. There were a lot of balls in the air that could have been simplified if an integrative veterinarian had been involved [Read more…]
At the end of last year a task force of veterinary experts published new 2016 AAHA End-of-Life Care Guidelines. These guidelines recommend dramatic changes to the way terminally ill pets should receive care as they approach their final days. Is your veterinarian following them? [Read more…]
Let me start out by saying this story isn’t what you think. I am not going to drill you about having more patience. I’m not going to say it will make you accept your loved ones, co-workers or neighbors. This story of why having more patience should be your only New Year’s resolution is about being kind to yourself. It is a goal I consider to be important for everyone who is the 24/7 caretaker of a special needs pet. [Read more…]
I hope 2017 brings health, happiness and peace to your life. Here at Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, 2016 has been another year of growth. The little blog I started three years ago, is becoming a “go to” resource for owners of paraplegic pets. Every week I hear from pet parents who have questions about their newly diagnosed paralyzed dog or cat. It gives me great joy to ease their worries by directing them to stories I have posted on this blog that can help.
Some of those stories became pretty popular this year. I think it’s because they were the ones that benefitted readers the most. So here is your chance to get caught up on those posts or refresh your memory if you happened catch them when they first appeared. [Read more…]