I love being able to share new resources for pet parents of paraplegic dogs. Here is my latest find. Gunnar’s Wheels is a small nonprofit that provides free wheelchairs to dogs in need. They started raising funds in August 2016 and have already placed carts with 40 paralyzed pups. [Read more…]
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…]
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you are probably familiar with Heath’s Haven Rescue in Post Falls, Idaho. The sanctuary takes in dogs with neurological issues, spinal injuries, paralysis and mobility problems. It is one of the most dedicated rescue groups I know and I’ve been in animal rescue for more than 16 years.
This week Heath’s Haven is sponsoring an Online Auction to raise funds for the dogs in their care. All of the proceeds from the auction will go to the dogs. I hope pet parents will pop by this important Online Facebook Event and show their support. [Read more…]
If you plan to buy a St. Patrick’s Day gift for your fur kid, check out the cozy blankets at Blankets In Bloom. In addition to getting a beautiful handmade product, you’ll be helping to raise funds for a paraplegic dog in need of a wheelchair. From March 14-20 Blankets in Bloom is donating 20% of the net proceeds from the sale of their waterproof dog blankets and crate pad covers to The Frankie Wheelchair Fund.
When Catherine Whiteman, the founder of Blankets in Bloom, asked me to spread the word about this fundraiser I immediately signed on to help. The event benefits families who can’t afford a cart for their dog plus it will bring comfort and warmth to your own incontinent dog. I have to admit that I didn’t know any company was making waterproof blankets or crate pads for incontinent pets, but I love the idea and I was completely sold on the product after I saw them on the Blankets In Bloom website. Who wouldn’t want a blanket that repels moisture away from your dog’s sensitive skin and can be easily tossed into the washer for cleaning? [Read more…]
This was the 88th year of the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, NV and I was invited to attend as part of the local press. The annual conference is the second largest in the country. It attracts veterinary professionals from all over the world for five days of continuing education, hands-on experience and time to explore the latest and most innovative products for optimal animal health.
This was my first time at WVC and I spent the day exploring the vast Exhibit Hall. The exhibit area is so large WVC has a downloadable app so veterinarians can make the most of their time and plan ahead for which exhibits they want to see without wasting time trolling up and down the aisles. [Read more…]