Welcome to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog!
We’ve put together a list of FAQ and answers that will guide you through the process of being a novice caretaker for your paralyzed pet to an expert. So click, explore and feel free to contact us. And while you are exploring, I hope you’ll hop over to read The Lessons. It is the personal story of my dog Sophie and the lessons I learned from a paralyzed dog.
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- My dog just became paralyzed. What do I need when we first go home from the hospital?
Answer: If your dog is recovering from surgery and needs to be quiet, you will need a dog crate or small room for confinement. Here is a story about dog crates and how to survive crate rest.
Other basic items needed are: orthopedic bed, support harness for lifting and moving, diapers, pee pads, belly band (males), dog wheelchair, boots to protect paws. Click here to download our FREE Essential Guide of Products for Paralyzed Dogs.
Free Printable/Downloadable Essential Guide for Paralyzed Dogs. It is my gift to pet parents who are new at caring for a paralyzed dog or cat. The Essential Guide lists all of my favorite companies that make quality products for paralyzed pets. Many are products I personally used for my dog Sophie and others are gems found by pet owners.
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2. Does my dog need a wheelchair? How do I decide which one is best for our needs?
Answer: This is an important question for every owner of a newly paralyzed dog. That’s why we post a regularly updated review of the top brands. Click here to read: Dog Wheelchair Review . The story also explains the different type of wheelchairs/cart and why dogs need them.
3. What kind of harness do I need to lift my paralyzed dog?
Answer: The right kind of lifting/ support harness for a disabled dog can be even more important than a wheelchair. Here is our most popular post that explains the different type of harnesses and help you decide which is best for your dog. Click here to read: My 5 Favorite Harnesses For Paralyzed Dogs
4. Where do I find dog diapers and how do I know which one is right for my dog?
Answer: Dog diapers can be confusing. There are disposable diapers, washable diapers, belly bands, suspender outfits and more. To help you decipher dog diapers we’ve covered the topic from bottom to tail in this article, Taking The Mystery Out Of Doggie Diapers.
5. My paralyzed dog is incontinent. How can I to learn how to express my dog’s bladder?
Answer: Learning how to express your dog’s bladder is one of the best ways you can prevent Urinary Tract Infections and Urinary Retention. We’ve put together a video so you can learn the most popular techniques. Video: How To Express An Incontinent Dog’s Bladder
6. My dog has recurring Urinary Tract Infections. What should I do?
Answer: Many paralyzed dogs are prone to recurring UTI’s. Here is a story that explains why this happens and how you can test for UTI’s at home. Click here to read: How To Test Pets For Urinary Tract Infections.
7. My paralyzed dog has a bad case of urine scald. What should I do?
Answer: Urine scald is a common problem for paralyzed dogs who are incontinent. This articles explains urine scald, why paralyzed dogs are prone to it, and how to treat and prevent it. Click on: How To Treat and Prevent Urine Scald.
8. How can I keep my incontinent dog dry?
Answer: Even with diapers and expressing their bladder, some paralyzed dogs continue to leak urine. Here is an article from experienced pet parents about their favorite tips to keep their pup dry. Click here to read: Tips To Keep An Incontinent Dog Dry and Treat Urine Scald.
9. How can I treat and prevent my paralyzed dog from getting pressure sores (bed sores) and hygromas?
Answer: Pressure sores and hygromas are common in paralyzed pets, especially those who are sedentary. We’ve got lots of information for you in this story: Why Paralyzed Dogs Get Pressure Sores and Hygromas.
10. I want to start my dog on a physical therapy rehab program at home. What exercises can I do to strengthen my pet’s limbs?
Answer: There are many easy to learn rehab exercises you can do at home with your dog. Check with your veterinarian first and then read: 6 Rehab Exercises Your Handicapped Dog Can Do At Home.
11. I can’t afford to buy my dog a wheelchair/cart. Where can I find organizations to help?
Answer: Pet families are very lucky to have nonprofit organizations that help pay for a dog wheelchair or loan a cart to a dog in need. Click here to read: How To Get A Donated Dog Wheelchair.
12. What should I know before my dog has a MRI?
Answer: Here is one of our most popular posts about what pet parents need to know about an MRI, CAT scans, Ultrsounds and X-rays. Click here to read: What To Expect When Your Dog Needs A MRI.
13. My dog was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. What can I do to help my dog?
Answer: Researchers are learning a lot about this progressive neurological disease. This article offers a diet from Dr. Clemmons who spent more than a decade researching DM dogs. Click here to read: Degenerative Myelopathy Dogs Have New Options.
14. My dog was diagnosed with IVDD. I want to understand more about this disease.
Answer: We have many articles about IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease), but this one will get you started about the facts: 10 Dog Breeds Prone To IVDD.
15. Should my paralyzed dog have laser therapy?
Answer: Here are the facts about laser therapy for pets with paralysis and hind end weakness. Click to read: Should Your Dog Have Laser Therapy?
16. Should my paralyzed dog have acupuncture therapy?
Answer: We’ve answered this popular question with a short quiz. Click here to: Take The Canine Acupuncture Quiz.