It’s hard to resist the sweet face of a French bulldog, English bulldog, Boston terrier, Pug or Boxer. Their adorable flat-head, short-nose and corkscrew tails are the epitome of doggie cuteness. But did you know that from the tip of their nose to the end of their curly tail, each of these breeds is prone to Hemivertebrae, the spine deformity in flat-faced dogs? [Read more…]
Did you know that a bacterial infection can cause a dog to lose the ability to walk? I didn’t know this was possible until I interviewed a pet parent named Julie about the Cocker Spaniel she rescued and how a chronic ear infection caused this dog’s paralysis.
Like many Cocker Spaniels, Bandit was prone to ear infections from the time he was a puppy. He was in and out of the hospital for so many surgeries on his ear canals that ultimately his ear drums had to be removed, leaving the little dog deaf. Julie met Bandit for the first time on the day his previous owner brought him into the veterinary clinic where she works, to be euthanized. Bandit had developed an abscess in the area where his ear canal had been removed and he had suddenly become paralyzed in his hind legs. [Read more…]
Pet insurance in the USA has become increasingly popular over the past decade. A study conducted by Embrace Pet Insurance discovered that more than 1 million dogs, cats and other pets are currently covered by one of the leading companies. I am a fan of getting your pets insured because it can make a lifesaving difference if they need expensive emergency care. That said, owners of disabled dogs and cats should take a hard look at their policy. Some of the most popular plans do NOT cover physical therapy, ongoing rehab or alternative care. And other plans only offer limited coverage and time limits. If you aren’t sure whether your pet insurance cover rehabilitation services, it’s time to check. [Read more…]
This story was updated October 2018.
Do you use essential oils for your dog’s aches, itches and hot spots? I’m a novice at using these oils, but I like the idea of eliminating harsh pharmaceutical drugs. Essential oils offer a natural approach to healing and wellness. My only personal experience with essential oils was with my dog Bailey when she was a puppy. We used a blend of oils to stop her terrible case of car sickness. [Read more…]
If you have a paralyzed dog you’ve probably Googled the terms canine water therapy, aqua therapy or hydrotherapy. You probably know they refer to a popular form of rehabilitation that involves placing a disabled dog in a warm swimming pool. But do you really know what to expect if your dog is enrolled in canine water therapy?
This story if a firsthand account of what I learned as I followed a dog named Nala through her rehab session. [Read more…]