It isn’t often that human medical research benefits sick dogs, but that is exactly what happened this week. Degenerative Myelopathy dogs got good news from the University of Missouri thanks to a study for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The news is so good that is has two parts: a better diagnosis for DM and the clinical trial of a new drug. [Read more…]
In January 2015 I posted a story that was big news for paralyzed dogs. North Carolina State University had just released a video of a paraplegic pug taking steps on a treadmill. The dog had taken part in a clinical trial run by Dr. Natasha Olby, professor of neurology at NCSU. Now in January 2017, I am excited to announce that Dr. Olby is continuing her Canine Spinal Cord Injury Program. NCSU is recruiting paralyzed dogs for their clinical trial. Enrollment in Part Two of this groundbreaking study starts February 3, 2017.
The trial is brief. It only requires dogs to be at NCSU for two days. If you are the pet parent of a paralyzed dog, I strongly encourage you to enroll. It might make a world of difference to your dog and it will be a game-changer for future paraplegic pets and people. [Read more…]
I am happy to announce the winner of our latest Giveaway sponsored by Fresh Wave. A 3-Pack of natural odor removing products will go to: [Read more…]
Do you know how to find a pet sitter for your handicapped dog? If you are the pet parent of a paraplegic dog or cat or any pet with disabilities, you know taking care of their needs is a demanding 24/7 job. While I like to call our paralyzed pups “handicapable” because of all the life, energy, and love they have to share; it is equally true that they need our constant support to accomplish normal daily activities. As their caretaker this can leave you feeling exhausted physically and mentally.
This post is dedicated to your needs and why it is important to understand the benefits of respite care and where you can find a qualified pet sitter to help. It’s an important step to take before you suffer from caretaker burnout. [Read more…]
I am thrilled to share this guest post from fellow blogger and animal lover Nikki Carvey. Trained as a journalist in the UK, Nikki now makes her home in Los Angeles where she says she “complains less about the weather.” Nikki has always had a passion for English Bulldogs and she writes about them often. Not long ago she met another family of Bulldogs that she feels has an important lesson for all pet parents.
The family calls themselves Mickey and The Padded Bum Crew because all of the pups are in diapers due to a birth defect that is commonly seen in English Bulldogs.
It is called Spina bifida and the condition happens when one or more of a dog’s vertebrae do not properly fuse together in the womb. While the problem isn’t well-understood, researchers believe there is a strong genetic component that is somehow linked to malnutrition or the ingestion of toxins by the mother during pregnancy. Dogs with Spina bifida have problems walking, controlling their muscles and are usually incontinent. They can also have a drainage from their spine. The good news is Spina bifida doesn’t get worse with time.