Have you heard the term “spinal walking or “spinal reflex walking”? The phenomenon happens to a small number of dogs (and cats) that are paralyzed after a spinal cord injury. These animals are able to use their reflexes to move even though their limbs no longer communicate with their brain.
Can you guess my absolute favorite part of running Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog? It’s the stories I receive from people about the amazing lives they have created with their paralyzed dogs and cats. I am in awe at each pet owner’s transition from novice to expert caretaker.
While everyone’s journey is unique, the theme of each story is the same. It is the courageous moment when they decided to give their newly paralyzed fur kid a chance. Every pet parent made that decision even though they were scared out of their minds about being able to care for a disabled animal.
Linda Pintoff is one of these special people. Last February she wrote to me about how to get a wheelchair for her dog Logan. The little Papillon had just undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc and Linda didn’t know what to expect next.
Now a few months later, Linda has become an expert at taking care of Logan and meeting his every-changing needs. There were weeks of steady recovery and times with serious setbacks, but Linda and Logan keep moving forward. [Read more…]
Walking in circles, muscle weakness, confusion, blindness and paralysis are all signs of dogs with Neosporosis. It is a progressive disease that affects a dog’s central nervous system. Often, it gets overlooked because it mimics other health problems. Here is information about the condition and how to protect your dog from paralyzing Neosporosis. [Read more…]
IVDD (Intervertebral disc disease) is a common cause of back pain, hind end weakness and paralysis in dogs. The condition is often referred to as a ruptured, herniated or slipped disc, but it is actually a disease of the spinal cord that causes the discs to prematurely lose moisture, harden and degenerate.
Healthy discs act as cushions between the bones of each vertebra, but in dogs with IVDD these discs compress and become painful. If you have one of the 10 breeds prone to IVDD, it is important to learn the warning signs of this condition. [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…]