One of the missions of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is to be a resource to rescue groups that are saving the lives of pets with special needs. I knew when I came across little Joshua and how his life has been transformed by K9 Rescue Bulgaria, I had to share his story.
Dr. James. St. Clair is the director of TopDog Animal Health and Rehabilitation in Meriden, CT. He is also the producer of 66 educational videos about dogs with orthopedic and neurological conditions that affect their ability to walk. I’d like to share one of his videos about the SupportRX Total Body Harness System for paralyzed dogs and those recovering from orthopedic surgery.
While researching another topic for Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, I came across Dr. St. Clair’s rehab video series that includes the benefits of hydro therapy, recognizing the early signs of canine arthritis and hip dysplasia and webinars for orthopedic surgeries and recovery.
I was very impressed with Dr. St. Clair’s knowledge and willingness to explain a condition and how he makes a diagnosis. He also explains the rehab options available to help dogs with orthopedic and neurological problems.
The Total Body Harness System made perfect sense to me. When Sophie’s condition advanced, it affected her ability to control her front legs in addition to the paralysis of her rear legs. Often her front legs didn’t have the strength to support her upper body and she would fall or trip when she walked. The added support that the Total Body Harness gives to a dog’s chest would have made life much easier.
I am not being compensated in anyway by TopDog, but when I saw the harness and educational videos I thought they were an important resource to share. I’d love to hear if you think a full body harness would improve the quality of life for your handicapped dog.
The North Texas Animal Rehabilitation Center provides physical therapy, acupuncture treatments and other hands-on services to dogs that are having trouble walking. Physical therapy clinics for special needs pets have become an accepted mainstream form of treatment over the past few years and are found in many cities.
Has your dog been helped by physical therapy, acupuncture or another hands-on treatment? If the answer is yes, I’d love to hear your story. Please share your experience on the Contact Us page.
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