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…]
With my list of the latest paralyzed dog products in hand, I was on a mission to see, touch, and ask questions about the new trends at the Western Veterinary Conference. This was the 89th year of WVC. The conference is the second largest in the country and it is the place where veterinary professionals go to learn about state-of-the-art products and medical procedures.
Because this was my second year attending the Las Vegas based conference, I was prepared to tackle the gigantic exhibit hall. I maneuvered down the isles like a pro. I found an amazing number of new products to make life better for owners who are caring for a paralyzed dog.
Here are my favorites! [Read more…]
One of the most common questions I am asked is how to keep an incontinent dog dry while they are sleeping. Pet parents of paralyzed dogs worry about leakage onto their dog’s bed and the damage it can do to the dog’s skin if they lie in the area all night long. In a recent conversation with paralyzed pet expert, Leslie Grinnell, I was introduced to a bed that keeps your incontinent dog dry. It is used widely among veterinarians for their patients and now there is a model dogs can use at home.
If you don’t already know, Leslie and her husband Ed are the founders of Eddie’s Wheels for Pets. So, when Leslie recommended Komfy K9 beds, I thought I should educate myself about the company. [Read more…]
Some of the best resource ideas for this blog have come from readers. That’s why I want to officially thank the pet parent who introduced me to Barkertime fashionable and functional apparel for incontinent dogs. This young company, that started in 2015, has quickly grown to become a worldwide provider of every product imaginable for incontinent pets. I think their products are so helpful, Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog has become an affiliate member.
Having a paraplegic pet almost always guarantees that you will be dealing with an incontinent dog or cat. That means learning how to express your pet’s bladder and educating yourself about the products to manage accidents and leakage. It is important for pet parents to have a reliable company to turn to. [Read more…]