The plight of farm animals born with disabilities can be pretty grim. Trident is a beautiful 6-month-old colt that was bred to pull carts and plows on an Amish farm. He was born with a deformity to his hind leg that makes it nearly impossible for him to walk. His owners wanted him euthanized. Luckily volunteers at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary had other ideas for the baby horse.
The dog in the video below touched my heart. He is a Labrador retriever born with dwarfism. The condition is a rare defect. His body is shaped like a full-sized Lab, but his legs are underdeveloped. They bow and keep him from growing to a normal height. Dogs with dwarfism suffer from joint pain and have problems walking.
Just when I think I have heard about every way a pet can develop mobility problems, I am surprised to learn something new. [Read more…]
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Susan Fulcher has been grooming dogs for 40 years. During that time she found herself becoming more involved in animal rescue and fostering hard to place dogs and cats. At the suggestion of a customer she turned her love for pets into a haven for special animals. Dharma Rescue turns death row disabled pups into therapy dogs.
Dharma Rescue saves disabled dogs from high-risk shelters and transforms their lives. [Read more…]
Dr. Tapesh Mathur, a veterinarian who serves at the Rural Veterinary Polyclinic in Jaipur, used to see numerous cases of amputation in animals. Most of these animals, especially cows, would lose their limbs in vehicle accidents. Dr. Tapesh performed surgeries and allowed the animals to be taken back by their owners. But he was always wary about the future of these animals. “They could not walk or lead normal lives. Their owners wouldn’t have the means to take care of invalid animals. This thought disturbed me for many years and I wished to do something for the animals. That is how I started researching the subject of prosthetics for animals,” says Dr. Tapesh.
A small room in Dr. Tapesh’s home became his workshop. He researched how prosthetics are made for humans and how they can be made for animals.
Cosmo was a two-year-old dachshund when he unexpectedly became severely injured while chasing a squirrel in his owner’s yard. To his owners’ surprise, they were told when they visited Brick Town Veterinary Hospital that Cosmo would likely be paralyzed for the rest of his life.
“He ruptured a disc” said Dr. Adam Christman, a veterinarian at the practice, who would go on to adopt Cosmo after his owners decided they could not take care of him.