This story comes from way up north in Manitoba, Canada where a paralyzed puppy is teaching people to never give up. In late January Gizzy was found dragging himself on the side of the road after being hit by a car. One of his hind legs was shattered and the other paralyzed. He had infections on his belly and legs. Yet even with all of this bad luck, the puppy’s will to survive can be a lesson to all of us. [Read more…]
Cushing’s Disease is a condition in dogs that can take away their ability to walk or have control over their hind legs. It is a disease that is close to my heart and because of that, I was overjoyed to come across this video about Ruby. Ruby the celebrity dog lived a life filled with all kinds of accolades and achievements until she developed Cushing’s Disease. She was a highly regarded therapy dog who visited patients in the hospital and in nursing homes. She also worked with school kids, had a book written about her and performed on stage. Pretty amazing, right?
Last year Ruby came down with Cushing’s Disease and it weakened her back legs so badly she couldn’t walk or perform her duties as therapy dog and celebrity. Her life was on hold until Ruby was fitted for a wheelchair from HandicappedPets.com and as the video shows, she is back doing all of the activities she loves.
What is Cushing’s Disease?
VeterinaryPartner.com explains that Cushing’s Disease or Hyperadrenocorticism happens when a dog’s body produces too much of the hormone cortisol. The overproduction of cortisol can be due to a problem in the adrenal glands or with the pituitary gland. The condition is hard to diagnose in the early stages.
Symptoms of the disease are:
- An increase in thirst
- An increase in urination
- An increase in appetite
- An enlarged or sagging belly
- Hair loss
- Muscle weakness
Without treatment dogs with Cushing’s Disease can die within one or two years.
This video touched my heart because my dog Cody suffered from Cushing’s Disease during the last year of his life. In his case the condition developed because of his long term use of steroids which he needed to soothe his Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
I am thrilled that Ruby’s condition was diagnosed and that she is able to living her amazing life.
A 3-legged puppy named Ollie has become an Instagram superstar for his determination to overcome the challenges of his disability. The Golden retriever’s latest trial has been learning how to hop in and out of the back door of his home. Ollie was born with a birth defect that left him with a short front leg.
You can keep up-to-date with this happy puppy at Ollievuesomuch on Instagram.
This post is another installment in my mission to find resources that financially assist dogs in need of wheelchairs. I started the project after I realized that finding financial aid for handicapped pets in need of a cart was the number one question asked on Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog.
Quality dog wheelchairs can be expensive and range in price from $350 for a small rear support cart to more than $600 for a full support quad cart. The expensive price tag is due to the fortunate fact that the major dog wheelchair companies are obsessed with producing carts which are custom made to accommodate each dog’s size, weight and specific form of paralysis.
While this attention to quality is good news for paraplegic pets, it also presents a financial burden to many families. And that is why I started my journey to locate and share resources that can help.
With this installment I am happy to share two resources that assist pet owners in getting an affordable cart. The first is a dog wheelchair donation program and the second is rental program for dogs that only need a cart for a short period of time. Both programs are from HandicappedPets.com. [Read more…]