Most pet owners do not spend a lot of time thinking about their dog’s feet. We know their nails need to be trimmed and that we shouldn’t walk them on the hot pavement or in the extreme cold. But that’s about it, if your dog is healthy. Unless your dog is experiencing symptoms like hind end weakness, arthritis or paralysis that causes their feet to knuckle under; most pet parents never consider paw protect for your dog’s dragging feet. [Read more…]
There wasn’t going to be a New Year’s resolution post this year. But while I was listening to music on the treadmill and the world around me turned quiet, except for the thoughts in my head, I reflected on the previous year. I thought about the comments readers sent me about their paralyzed pets. Most people were at the beginning of their journey in caring for a disabled dog or cat. They were full questions like: how to choose a dog wheelchair, how to express a dog’s bladder and how to keep their pet safe.
It made me wonder what their lives will be like next year and if they know how to prepare for caretaker burnout. [Read more…]
I love sharing stories about disabled animals who overcome the challenges they face. We even have a section at Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog dedicated to Amazing Pets. But after reading an email from pet parent Cindy McBryan, I realized the real heroes are the people who flip their lives upside down so they can take care of an animal who is sick or paralyzed.
Cindy’s adult son, Matthew, is doing this for the McBryan family dog, Nike. The 100 lb. Labrador retriever suddenly became paralyzed at the worst time possible while Cindy’s husband was in the hospital being treated for cancer. Now caring for their paralyzed Labrador is a family affair.
It isn’t often that human medical research benefits sick dogs, but that is exactly what happened this week. Degenerative Myelopathy dogs got good news from the University of Missouri thanks to a study for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The news is so good that is has two parts: a better diagnosis for DM and the clinical trial of a new drug. [Read more…]
If you read this blog regularly, you know how much I love harnesses and slings for paraplegic pets. I think they rank as the number one device when you are caring for a paralyzed dog. Our harness was a lifesaver for lifting and moving Sophie. The only problem was it made Sophie’s body hot in the summer.
So with the temperatures rising, I thought it was the right time to share a new harness. It is a paralyzed dog breathable support harness. It makes perfect sense for those of us who live in a warm climate. [Read more…]