Last month I had the good fortune to meet the owners of Doolittle’s Pet Products for handicapped dogs. The company specializes in high quality products for paraplegic and mobility challenged pets. I was happy to find that their website is full of products I haven’t seen anywhere else to aid pet parents in the daily care of their handi-capable dog. And since one of my primary goals for Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is to bring new resources to you, I was overjoyed when Dr. Kelley and her associate Ronnie joined our blog as a sponsor. [Read more…]
Lisa Luckenbach is an accomplished yoga instructor, a breast cancer survivor, public speaker and founder of the WiggleLess® award winning back brace for IVDD dogs. Her company has been a friend to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog since I posted my first story about Sophie and life with a paraplegic dog.
Lisa had a similar story with her two Dachshunds, June and Henry, who suffered from IVDD (Intervertebral disc disease) so it was likely that our paths would cross. We each were determined to help other dogs with spinal problems, but we went about it differently. I decided to bring information and resources to pet parents and Lisa created a canine back brace that has changed the lives of countless dogs. [Read more…]
Cody is 13 years-old and like a lot of dogs his age; he is showing significant signs of osteoarthritis. His body is stiff when he first gets up to move around, he can’t jump into the car by himself and the muscles around his arms and legs look like they are wasting away. He also makes a deep moaning sound when he lies down. Arthritis is one of the most common degenerative conditions in older dogs and unfortunately Cody has a bad case.
Because he also has Inflammatory Bowel Disease which takes a terrible toll on his stomach and how he digests food, Cody isn’t able to take the typically prescribed medicines for arthritis. So we’ve tried to control the disease with supplements and light exercise.
I recently found a new product called the Hip Hound Mobility Brace for dogs with arthritis and hind end weakness and I was really impressed. It is designed to decrease the pain and inflammation in dogs like Cody. [Read more…]
Can you guess why this dog is wearing a strange contraption on his rear leg? Let me reassure you that it is NOT a device to torture a dog, although it kind of looks that way. The boot is actually a unique tool called a No-Knuckling Training Sock that provides support for dogs who drag their back legs when they walk. The No-Knuckling Sock is just one of several new therapeutic devices available for pets with spine and neurological health problems.
Paw knuckling was one of the first signs I noticed when Sophie started to lose her ability to walk. She would try to take a step, but her hind paw would bend under itself. The sensation would cause her to stop in her tracks because she wasn’t sure where her hind paw would land. It was hard to watch her struggle and I would have loved to have a device like the No-Knuckling Sock to help her. [Read more…]
Help ‘Em Up™ is one of my favorite harnesses on the market for dogs with hind end weakness. If you have a medium to large dog with paralysis, hip dysplasia, arthritis, or muscle atrophy you know the importance of a well-made lifting harness and Help ‘Em Up is at the top of the list.
This month Help ‘Em Up Harness is sponsoring a big Giveaway for readers of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog valued between $75 – $120! This is our biggest Giveaway to date! [Read more…]