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…]
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…]
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…]