A recent event made me realize that a puppy’s body is made up of lots of complicated and fragile parts. And it only takes one small anomaly to change their future. We usually talk about the major diseases that turn a healthy dog into a disabled pet, but did you know there are little-known conditions that keep puppies from walking? Those diseases inspired me to share the story below. [Read more…]
Cushing’s Disease is a condition in dogs that can take away their ability to walk or have control over their hind legs. It is a disease that is close to my heart and because of that, I was overjoyed to come across this video about Ruby. Ruby the celebrity dog lived a life filled with all kinds of accolades and achievements until she developed Cushing’s Disease. She was a highly regarded therapy dog who visited patients in the hospital and in nursing homes. She also worked with school kids, had a book written about her and performed on stage. Pretty amazing, right?
Last year Ruby came down with Cushing’s Disease and it weakened her back legs so badly she couldn’t walk or perform her duties as therapy dog and celebrity. Her life was on hold until Ruby was fitted for a wheelchair from HandicappedPets.com and as the video shows, she is back doing all of the activities she loves. [Read more…]
Did you know that a bacterial infection can cause a dog to lose the ability to walk? I didn’t know this was possible until I interviewed a pet parent named Julie about the Cocker Spaniel she rescued and how a chronic ear infection caused this dog’s paralysis.
Like many Cocker Spaniels, Bandit was prone to ear infections from the time he was a puppy. He was in and out of the hospital for so many surgeries on his ear canals that ultimately his ear drums had to be removed, leaving the little dog deaf. Julie met Bandit for the first time on the day his previous owner brought him into the veterinary clinic where she works, to be euthanized. Bandit had developed an abscess in the area where his ear canal had been removed and he had suddenly become paralyzed in his hind legs. [Read more…]