Two years ago when a 10 year-old chocolate Labrador retriever named Browning was diagnosed with a large cancerous tumor on her leg, the standard course of treatment would have been amputation. Lucky for Browning she was enrolled in a one-of-a-kind clinical trial at Washington State University where the venom from a scorpion saved her leg and her life.
Dogs are susceptible to a variety of inherited neurological disorders. Like Sophie, some of them can lead to paralysis. Here is a list of the 5 top dog brain disorders and the breeds predisposed. If you think your dog might be suffering from a neurological condition, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a diagnosis.
Dog towel walking is an easy technique owners of paralyzed or immobile dogs should learn. It allows you to lift your dog comfortably and move them around without injuring them. It doesn’t replace a lifting sling or rear harness, but it’s great in a pinch if you can’t get to your regular equipment. Dog towel walking is also a good tool for arthritic dogs and dogs recovering from surgery.
I found the perfect video that demonstrates the concept of dog towel walking.
Towel walking can be made from any bath towel that is large enough and strong enough to support your dog’s weight. While your dog is lying down place the middle section of the towel in front of your dog’s back legs and let the ends lay flat on either side. Make sure you have enough material on each side to pull together. Gently bring the two ends of the towel together to create a sling.
Have you ever used the dog towel walking technique for your immobile pet?
Take a look at these follow-up stories for more ideas to help your paralyzed dog get moving:
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Canine physical therapy is a great resource for dogs and their owners. These specialists offer treatment to dogs recovering from spinal and orthopedic surgeries and dogs with back injuries, arthritis, paralysis and other neurological problems. Canine PT is a partnership so I recently asked pet owners to give their best tips for canine physical therapists.
Here are their recommendations:
Have you heard the term Spinal Walking or Spinal Reflex Walking? It’s kind of a miracle way to walk that some dogs with severe spinal cord injuries learn even though their legs can’t communicate with their brain.