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.
Our readers’ 5 favorite blog posts in 2016 are listed in order of their popularity.
This was by far the most read and shared story ever posted on Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog. The idea for the article came from a reader. The woman wrote to me because she was finding it hard to pay for the ongoing treatment for her Dachshund. The dog had suffered a stroke, but was making good progress with his treatment. The woman was worried she might have to stop her dog’s rehab. She wanted to know what resources were available to help her financially.
Her question led to a lot of research on my part. When the story was complete it gave readers a comprehensive list of organizations in the USA and Canada that provide funds for veterinary care.
After financial aid, treating urine scald is the second most popular question pet owners ask. Paralyzed dogs are extremely prone to urinary incontinence. They lose the tone in their bladder and suffer leakage and constant dripping of urine. Because urine is an acidic substance it can burn a dog’s sensitive skin. This story teaches pet parents about the reasons paralyzed dogs develop urine scald and how to treat the burns caused by it. It also shares measures to prevent the problem in the future.
If you have a paralyzed dog or one with hind end weakness, the right handicapped dog harness will be your favorite tool. They take the strain off your back as you move your dog around. They enable owners to take their dog outside for a bathroom break, lift them in and out of the car or up and down stairs.
The complication with buying a harness is there are many different types to choose from. This story defines each type of harness and the spine condition it was designed to help. It also lists the leading manufacturers of these harnesses and which ones I love most.
The second, best tool for paralyzed pups is the dog wheelchair. It gives the gift of mobility and freedom to a dog, cat and other animals that can’t walk on their own. The popularity of these carts has grown. It can be confusing to choose the perfect wheelchair for a dog so this post breaks down the different categories. The story also takes owners through a quick test so they can determine which cart their dog needs. It then introduces readers to the top dog wheelchair manufacturers and any financial-aid programs they offer.
Whether owners use a dog wheelchair or harness, there comes a time when a dog with a spinal injury needs to be lifted by hand. This story teaches readers the Dos and Don’ts of lifting a dog when you want to protect their spine.
The post shares an instructional video from the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. There is also an outline that takes owners through each step of how to properly lift and carry a paralyzed dog. Even if you don’t have a paraplegic pet, this story is helpful for dogs that have suffered a traumatic injury like being hit by a car or if a pet has been attacked by another animal.