A few weeks ago Felicia Drexel, who is pet mom to an adorable paraplegic Dachshund named Buttercup, shared an important story on our Facebook page about the top crash proof harnesses to protect your dog when you travel. The article was titled Crash Test Doggies: Prevent Your Pet from Becoming a Projectile. The focus of the story, which was written by Dr. Pippa Elliott, DVM, talks about the need to restrain dogs while they are traveling with us in our cars because too many pets and their family members are injured or killed in the event of a crash. Dogs that are allowed to move about freely in a car can literally become moving projectiles. [Read more…]
I’d like to introduce you to Surfin’ Jack who is the spokesdog for Lucy Pet Products. I had the opportunity to meet Surfin’ Jack and many other famous pets, bloggers and media personalities at the BlogPaws 2016 Conference in Phoenix. BlogPaws is an online community that educates pet bloggers.
This was the 8th year of the conference and it attracted hundreds of bloggers from around the country and as far away as New Zealand. I personally had lunch with a blogger who was visiting from Germany.
The weekend was full of educational seminars that were taught by well-known professionals in the field like syndicated columnist and pet behavior consultant Steve Dale. Each class was designed to help me grow Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog into a bigger and bolder website that will reach more pet parents with paraplegic dogs and cats. [Read more…]
Last month I had the good fortune to meet the owners of Doolittle’s Pet Products for handicapped dogs. The company specializes in high quality products for paraplegic and mobility challenged pets. I was happy to find that their website is full of products I haven’t seen anywhere else to aid pet parents in the daily care of their handi-capable dog. And since one of my primary goals for Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is to bring new resources to you, I was overjoyed when Dr. Kelley and her associate Ronnie joined our blog as a sponsor. [Read more…]
Lisa Luckenbach is an accomplished yoga instructor, a breast cancer survivor, public speaker and founder of the WiggleLess® award winning back brace for IVDD dogs. Her company has been a friend to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog since I posted my first story about Sophie and life with a paraplegic dog.
Lisa had a similar story with her two Dachshunds, June and Henry, who suffered from IVDD (Intervertebral disc disease) so it was likely that our paths would cross. We each were determined to help other dogs with spinal problems, but we went about it differently. I decided to bring information and resources to pet parents and Lisa created a canine back brace that has changed the lives of countless dogs. [Read more…]
Cody is 13 years-old and like a lot of dogs his age; he is showing significant signs of osteoarthritis. His body is stiff when he first gets up to move around, he can’t jump into the car by himself anymore and the muscles around his arms and legs look like they are wasting away. He also makes a deep moaning sound when he lies down. Arthritis is one of the most common degenerative conditions in older dogs and unfortunately Cody has a bad case.
Because he also has Inflammatory Bowel Disease which takes a terrible toll on his stomach and how he digests food, Cody isn’t able to take the typically prescribed medicines for arthritis. So we’ve tried to control the disease with supplements and light exercise.
I recently found a new product called the Mobility Brace for dogs with arthritis and hind end weakness and I was really impressed. The design is made to decrease the pain and inflammation in dogs like Cody. [Read more…]