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.
In September, Greta underwent surgery to repair two ruptured discs and trauma to her spinal cord. She participated in a rehab program for 6 months that included acupuncture, cold laser therapy and hydrotherapy. Greta’s family hoped she would regain feeling in her rear limbs, but that didn’t happen.
Because Greta needed round-the-clock care and her dad worked long hours, her Grammie (Cathy) came to the rescue. Cathy brought Greta to live with her and saw that she got her own dog wheelchair from Eddie’s Wheels for Pets.
“Greta is paralyzed, but enjoys a full life,” said Cathy. “Nothing stops her when she is out in her cart.”
Cathy wants pet owners to know that “paralysis is not a death sentence.” To prove her point, she started a Facebook page that shows all of Greta’s activities and how she plays with her four housemates.
It’s Cathy and Greta’s goal to bring awareness about the full lives paralyzed dogs can lead. To do that, they are trying to grow Greta’s Facebook page. Please help them reach their goal by dropping by and “Like” Greta’s page. You’ll be able to stay up-to-date on her accomplishments, spread their message about paralyzed dogs and hopefully hear good news about Greta’s participation in the Iowa State University study.
Greta’s first treatment was in October and she will go again in December and March. Keep your fingers crossed that it will be a success. In case you aren’t familiar, the clinical trial is combining intensive physical therapy with an injectable medication in hopes of restoring the nerve connections between a dog’s brain and limbs. The promising research will eventually be used to help people with paralysis, as well.
Photos: Greta’s Facebook page
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