Here is a short story for the weekend that will put a smile on your face. A professor and a group of undergraduate students from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University have built a working canine exoskeleton brace for paralyzed and three-legged dogs. The brace is not science-fiction or a model that needs years of tweaking before a real dog can use it. No, it is a fully functioning device that dogs can use today. [Read more…]
Would you know if your dog had a stroke? The symptoms are different than those for a human stroke. Over the course of writing Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, I’ve shared two stories about dogs who have suffered a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE) stroke. Ironically when I looked back at those posts, both are eerily similar.
The first story was about a sweet Italian Greyhound named Ricochet who was playing in his yard on March 29, 2014 when he suddenly fell to his side unable to move and gasping for air. And last month I wrote about little Mia who also ran outside in her backyard happy and healthy one minute and the next minute she had collapsed to the ground barely breathing. Strange set of circumstances….right? Or are they the warning signs pet parents should know? [Read more…]
I’ve been curious for a long time about how a hyperbaric chamber for dogs heals victims of stroke and spinal cord injuries. The concept of hyperbaric oxygen therapy where a sick dog is placed inside a box and comes out feeling better, has always seemed more like magic than science to me. So when the pet mom of a shepherd mixed dog named Mia credited a hyperbaric chamber for saving her pet’s life after a FCE stroke, I saw it as an opportunity to dig deeper and learn more about this treatment. [Read more…]
This Wordless Wednesday we’re sharing news that July is IVDD Awareness Month. It’s the time of year when our friends at Dodgerslist teach pet parents about IVDD and let veterinary professionals know about their Free Educational Client Literature program. We hope you’ll help us spread the word.
Does your dog or cat need to see a Chiropractor? I’ve always used Holistic medicine and Chiropractic care as an adjunct when the traditional veterinary treatments my dogs received weren’t doing everything I hoped. This has typically happened when we were facing life-threatening illnesses. My German shepherd, Bear, went when he was diagnosed with cancer, Sophie was treated when her hind legs initially became weak, Shadow was seen for her arthritis and Cody went because of his Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
One of the reasons I believe in alternative medicine is that I’ve seen it benefit the health of my pets. It gave my family four great months with Bear after he was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma. I also like the idea of treating the whole body, as they do with Chiropractic care. And I know how much better I feel when I’ve had an adjustment to my bad back and neck.
Because of these reasons I think it’s important to explain more about Chiropractic care and when it can be helpful.