This story comes from way up north in Manitoba, Canada where a paralyzed puppy is teaching people to never give up. In late January Gizzy was found dragging himself on the side of the road after being hit by a car. One of his hind legs was shattered and the other paralyzed. He had infections on his belly and legs. Yet even with all of this bad luck, the puppy’s will to survive can be a lesson to all of us. [Read more…]
I am happy to announce the winner of our latest Giveaway sponsored by Fresh Wave. A 3-Pack of natural odor removing products will go to: [Read more…]
This was a big week for a paralyzed dog named Caesar. He flew on his first airplane ride from Ohio to Colorado and he met the man who adopted him. [Read more…]
Since starting Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, I’ve tried to cover a wide range of medical conditions that cause dogs to have mobility problems. But until this story, I’ve never discussed how accidents play a role in turning a healthy dog into one that can’t walk. That’s what happened to a puppy named Grace. This is her story and how her pet mom’s devotion has no bounds after the dog fell 30 feet.
It’s kind of ironic that I haven’t covered this topic because one of the first dogs my rescue group, Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, took in was a big black lab named Chooka. He broke both of his front legs jumping from a second story balcony at an apartment complex. The two young men who owned Chooka couldn’t afford the surgeries he needed so they surrendered him to us. Chooka had three or four very costly surgeries that nearly sent my group into bankruptcy. Thankfully he recovered enough to be able to walk with assistance. And later he was adopted into a wonderful home where he lived a long and happy life.
Grace’s pet mom, Kerry contacted me to share their daily challenges and victories after the dog’s terrible accident.
Do you know how to properly bathe your paralyzed dog? I think all pet parents know how to bathe an able-bodied dog, but do you know the best way to position a dog that can’t sit or stand on their own? It can be tricky if you don’t know the right techniques.
Even if you routinely take your fur kid to a groomer, a disabled and incontinent dog is likely to have an accident between appointments that requires your immediate attention. Paraplegic dogs are prone to peeing or pooping on themselves or spilling food and water because they can’t control the movement of their bodies. Some of these messes are minor and can quickly be fixed with baby wipes or a towel. But other times you’ll find a more thorough cleaning is necessary. [Read more…]