We all want to sleep on a great mattress. It’s important to our overall health and longevity. Studies show that sleeping on the right mattress makes our joints less achy, improves our memory, and it can even alleviate stress. A quality mattress is equally important for our pets; especially those with disabilities. I’ve pulled together the latest facts about dog beds to help you with how to choose the best orthopedic dog bed and the key role they play for paralyzed dogs. [Read more…]
Most pet owners do not spend a lot of time thinking about their dog’s feet. We know their nails need to be trimmed and that we shouldn’t walk them on the hot pavement or in the extreme cold. But that’s about it, if your dog is healthy. Unless your dog is experiencing symptoms like hind end weakness, arthritis or paralysis that causes their feet to knuckle under; most pet parents never consider paw protect for your dog’s dragging feet. [Read more…]
Thanks to the magical powers of Facebook, I discovered an exciting harness for dogs with mobility problems. It’s called the Pet Support Suit for disabled dogs from AST – Animal Suspension Technology. The company has been making these individually designed harnesses for senior, injured, disabled and amputee dogs since 2006.
Eric Swisher, who founded AST, left several helpful comments on the Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog Facebook page so I contacted him for an interview. I think harnesses are one of the best devices to own when you are caring for a handicapped dog. I wanted to learn more about the pet support suit and why I wasn’t familiar with the AST company. [Read more…]
One of my greatest joys is taking the dogs with me to run errands. Bailey and Olivia are in the car practically every day. And before they came into my life, I took Sophie with me whenever I could. Being in the car gave a paralyzed dog like Sophie a sense of freedom and normalcy. She would lay down on her belly in the cargo area of my SUV and watch the world drive past her. Nobody knew she couldn’t walk when they saw her in the car. All they knew is that a friendly dog was happy to flirt with them at the traffic light. [Read more…]
If you read this blog regularly, you know how much I love harnesses and slings for paraplegic pets. I think they rank as the number one device when you are caring for a paralyzed dog. Our harness was a lifesaver for lifting and moving Sophie. The only problem was it made Sophie’s body hot in the summer.
So with the temperatures rising, I thought it was the right time to share a new harness. It is a paralyzed dog breathable support harness. It makes perfect sense for those of us who live in a warm climate. [Read more…]