It’s hard to resist the sweet face of a French bulldog, English bulldog, Boston terrier, Pug or Boxer. Their adorable flat-head, short-nose and corkscrew tails are the epitome of doggie cuteness. But did you know that from the tip of their nose to the end of their curly tail, each of these breeds is prone to Hemivertebrae, the spine deformity in flat-faced dogs? [Read more…]
Lisa Luckenbach is an accomplished yoga instructor, a breast cancer survivor, public speaker and founder of the WiggleLess® award winning back brace for IVDD dogs. Her company has been a friend to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog since I posted my first story about Sophie and life with a paraplegic dog.
Lisa had a similar story with her two Dachshunds, June and Henry, who suffered from IVDD (Intervertebral disc disease) so it was likely that our paths would cross. We each were determined to help other dogs with spinal problems, but we went about it differently. I decided to bring information and resources to pet parents and Lisa created a canine back brace that has changed the lives of countless dogs. [Read more…]
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because its sole purpose is to enjoy time with family and friends. To make the holiday even more special I am sharing a super easy homemade Thanksgiving treat for dogs. I know your pups will love it.
Lots of bloggers share their famous recipes at this time of year and I didn’t want to miss out on the fun. The only problem is that I have a deep, dark secret when it comes to cooking.
The truth is, I am a terrible chef. The only homemade food I make for my dogs is when I mix a jar of turkey and brown rice baby food into little plastic containers that I slip into the freezer. They love it, but I knew the recipe wasn’t going to make the grade as a real homemade Thanksgiving treat.
So I reached out to the talented online chef, Suzanne DeBrango, who runs the popular blog apuginthekitchen. Suzanne’s outlook on cooking is, “If you love to cook and love food the possibilities are endless.”
This story was updated October 2018.
Have you heard of Degenerative Myelopathy? It’s a progressive neurological disease in dogs caused by the degeneration of the spinal cord. It is similar to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in people. DM most often strikes dogs between the ages of 8-14. The symptoms begin with a loss of coordination and weakness in the hind limbs. That progresses to paralysis in the back legs and eventually the disease moves to the front limbs and respiratory system. Dogs typically pass away after 2-3 years, although some live as long as 5 years.
I was introduced to DM because it was one of the first conditions my dog Sophie was tested for when she began to lose her balance and drag her hind legs. She had a DNA test for the disease, but it came back inconclusive.
Another dog wasn’t as lucky. Bundas had a DNA test after he showed the early symptoms of Degenerative Myelopathy. Komondors aren’t listed as one of the breeds prone to the condition, but the DNA test for Bundas proved otherwise. The diagnosis sent shock waves to his owners and other Komondor breeders. It began a personal crusade by his pet mom to wipeout the illness from the breed.
Did you know that a bacterial infection can cause a dog to lose the ability to walk? I didn’t know this was possible until I interviewed a pet parent named Julie about the Cocker Spaniel she rescued and how a chronic ear infection caused this dog’s paralysis.
Like many Cocker Spaniels, Bandit was prone to ear infections from the time he was a puppy. He was in and out of the hospital for so many surgeries on his ear canals that ultimately his ear drums had to be removed, leaving the little dog deaf. Julie met Bandit for the first time on the day his previous owner brought him into the veterinary clinic where she works, to be euthanized. Bandit had developed an abscess in the area where his ear canal had been removed and he had suddenly become paralyzed in his hind legs. [Read more…]