My cat Spike is always first in line at dinnertime, pushing his two brothers out of the way so he can wolf down his food and then check to see if Tiger and Sport have any leftovers. Whether your pets are able-bodied like Spike or have special needs like my Sophie, helping them stay at their ideal weight can be a challenge. Spike has always weighed more than his brothers, even when I try my best to keep him trim. His love of food has not only made him chubby, it could be hurting his overall health and shortening life span.
The Romeo we are highlighting in this week’s Tuesday’s Tails doesn’t know that his namesake is one of the most beloved characters William Shakespeare ever created. What concerns this Romeo most, is finding the one special person who will make him a cherished pet and give him a home of his own.
The daily routine to take care of Sophie’s needs took up more and more of my husband’s and my time during the five years of her illness. As the demands grew, it was easy to get caught up in performing the tasks to keep her alive and forget that Sophie needed our love too.
The clinical trial below was introduced to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog by a reader whose son became paralyzed after an accident. We are grateful to her for alerting us and we sincerely hope this amazing study will be beneficial to both humans and canines.
Frazier the French Bulldog had a spinal injury that left him unable to use his hind legs. He is one of the participants that travel from their hometowns to Iowa State University every few months to participate in an exciting clinical trial that hopes to find out if a new medication called Chondroitinase might help him walk again. The study is still in need of participants.
Idgie, an adorable little Dachshund was found abandoned along with a paralyzed kitten named Ruth. The best buddies are inseparable. They were given their names in honor of the main characters in the movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes,” who were also unlikely best friends. Due to their special bond and Ruth’s special needs, Animal Services in Osteen Florida didn’t want the pair to be separated so they found a foster placement for them at Hollywood Hounds dog grooming. The future looks very bright for Ruth and Idgie who won’t be moving on to a new home anytime soon. The staff at Hollywood Hounds fell in love with them and adopted the pals.
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