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…]
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.
If you’re the pet parent of a paralyzed dog, especially a big dog, you know the dangers of pressure sores (decubital ulcers). They are sores or open areas that develop over bony pressure points. A dog that is paralyzed loses muscle mass and if they lie in one position for a long period of time the blood supply to the area is cut off causing damage and sores to the skin. This weekend I learned about abscess, the dangerous complication of pressure sores when my dog Cody had to be hospitalized for one.
I get questions all the time about at-home rehab care books for pet parents so they can help their paralyzed, injured, immobile or geriatric dogs and cats in the privacy of their own homes. I did some research and found these three great books full of practical advice.
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals, by Susan E. Davis