Learning how to put a paralyzed dog into a dog wheelchair by yourself takes practice. This is especially true for large paraplegic dogs who can’t stand or support their own weight. The person helping the dog into the cart is responsible for lifting them while moving them into position. This might sound like an impossible task, but most pet owners successfully learn how to do it. In fact, the process eventually becomes second nature. [Read more…]
Attention all handi-capable dogs, Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is having our first-ever Dog Halloween Costume Contest Giveaway thanks to HandicappedPets.com. We are awarding a $100 Gift Card prize to the Handicapped Pets online store for one lucky pup.
If you are the pet parent of a paralyzed, aging or injured dog I am sure you have found yourself at the HandicappedPets.com site. The company has the most comprehensive selection of products, services and support to make life easier and better for pets with disabilities. I love HandicappedPets.com and used them often during Sophie’s illness. It was one of the first resources I found when my dog began to lose her ability to walk and I turned to them when Sophie needed her wheelchair and rear lifting harness.
I respect the organization so much I even have a link with their ongoing specials on the sidebar of this blog. [Read more…]
This post is another installment in my mission to find resources that financially assist dogs in need of wheelchairs. I started the project after I realized that finding financial aid for handicapped pets in need of a cart was the number one question asked on Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog.
Quality dog wheelchairs can be expensive and range in price from $350 for a small rear support cart to more than $600 for a full support quad cart. The expensive price tag is due to the fortunate fact that the major dog wheelchair companies are obsessed with producing carts which are custom made to accommodate each dog’s size, weight and specific form of paralysis.
While this attention to quality is good news for paraplegic pets, it also presents a financial burden to many families. And that is why I started my journey to locate and share resources that can help.
With this installment I am happy to share two resources that assist pet owners in getting an affordable cart. The first is a dog wheelchair donation program and the second is rental program for dogs that only need a cart for a short period of time. Both programs are from HandicappedPets.com. [Read more…]
Happy 4th of July! I don’t know about your neighborhood, but the people in my area are already celebrating the long weekend with BBQ’s, pool parties and fireworks. As you celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, I hope you will take a minute to watch this inspiring video about handi-capable fur kids who have taken back their independence thanks to their wheelchairs. [Read more…]
This is Sophie’s little red wagon. I have been holding onto it and all of Sophie’s belongings like a hoarder since she passed away. I have her boots, 3 different sizes of lifting harnesses, her leash, collar, bowl, her big red stroller and her little red wagon. Having these items nearby makes me feel connected to Sophie and always puts a smile on my face when I run into them around the house. At times I’ve even found a use for her stuff. I loaned her boots to a friend whose dog was having a problem walking and recently I used the largest harness to keep Cody’s back legs steady during the final days when he was too weak to walk alone.
Tomorrow I will be saying goodbye to the Radio Flyer Red Wagon and while I am excited that it will be going to someone I love, I am also sad to see it leave. It will be a reality-check that an era, which can never be replaced, has truly passed by. [Read more…]