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…]
Cody is 13 years-old and like a lot of dogs his age; he is showing significant signs of osteoarthritis. His body is stiff when he first gets up to move around, he can’t jump into the car by himself and the muscles around his arms and legs look like they are wasting away. He also makes a deep moaning sound when he lies down. Arthritis is one of the most common degenerative conditions in older dogs and unfortunately Cody has a bad case.
Because he also has Inflammatory Bowel Disease which takes a terrible toll on his stomach and how he digests food, Cody isn’t able to take the typically prescribed medicines for arthritis. So we’ve tried to control the disease with supplements and light exercise.
I recently found a new product called the Hip Hound Mobility Brace for dogs with arthritis and hind end weakness and I was really impressed. It is designed to decrease the pain and inflammation in dogs like Cody. [Read more…]
Happy New Year! I know we all say it, but I really can’t believe 2015 is almost over and 2016 will begin in a couple of days. Here at Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog 2015 has been a year of learning and growing. I learned to pay attention to the needs of our readers so I could offer the kinds of stories that helped them become the best caretakers possible for their specially-abled fur kids. And I got a better idea of the resources you need to grow this blog and our Facebook page into a genuine community.
I learned that if I didn’t know the answer to a question about taking care of a paralyzed pet, all I had to do was reach out to our readers. Inevitably there would be a group of people who had experienced the same situation and they very generously shared their expertise with the pet parent of a new paralyzed dog or cat.
With this in mind, I decided to write a story that recaps the top 5 blog posts in 2015 pet parents requested the most and liked the best. This is your chance to get caught up on our most popular stories or refresh your memory if you read them when they first appeared.
Finding and sharing resources for affordable dog wheelchair programs has become my number one mission to help pet parents who are facing the challenges of caring for a paralyzed dog. I promised I would track down companies and nonprofits that offer assistance and this story is the first installment in what I hope will be a long series of posts.
Last week I had the privilege of interviewing Barbara Parkes, owner of K9 Carts and a woman with a wealth of information on the subject of pets with mobility problems. K9 Carts began in 1961 and is the very first company in the U.S.A. to manufacture carts for disabled pets. The idea and design for K9 carts came from Dr. Parkes, an orthopedic veterinary surgeon, who was ahead of his time when he opened one of the first animal specialty hospitals in the country. Barbara worked alongside Dr. Parkes and has been managing the company for the last 40 years. [Read more…]