Happy New Year! I know we all say it, but I really can’t believe 2015 is almost over and 2016 will begin in a couple of days. Here at Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog 2015 has been a year of learning and growing. I learned to pay attention to the needs of our readers so I could offer the kinds of stories that helped them become the best caretakers possible for their specially-abled fur kids. And I got a better idea of the resources you need to grow this blog and our Facebook page into a genuine community.
I learned that if I didn’t know the answer to a question about taking care of a paralyzed pet, all I had to do was reach out to our readers. Inevitably there would be a group of people who had experienced the same situation and they very generously shared their expertise with the pet parent of a new paralyzed dog or cat.
With this in mind, I decided to write a story that recaps the top 5 blog posts in 2015 pet parents requested the most and liked the best. This is your chance to get caught up on our most popular stories or refresh your memory if you read them when they first appeared.
Here are the top 5 blog posts in 2015 listed in order of their popularity
This story is the second installment in my list of posts about economical sources for dog wheelchairs. Many pet parents don’t have the means to buy a cart for their paralyzed dog so we found an organization called Roll’n Pups that provides help to pet parents in building an affordable, customized dog cart.
Paralyzed dogs are extremely prone to urinary incontinence. For many animals this means having their bladders manually expressed 3 to 4 times a day or facing the problem of urine scald from an overflowing bladder. Urine scald is a painful condition that happens when the acid in urine is allowed to hit the skin. It can cause the skin to burn and become irritated. This story helps pet parents treat and prevent this sensitive condition.
If you have a paralyzed or partially immobile dog one of the most important tools you need to have on hand is a rear lifting harness. The problem is the wide variety of harnesses on the market and trying to determine which one is best for your pet’s specific disability. The harnesses are designed for very explicit mobility conditions that include dogs recovering from surgery to those that will never walk again. Choosing the wrong one will make life harder for you and your paralyzed dog. This story sorts through the purpose of the most popular lifting harnesses on the market.
Paralyzed dogs are susceptible to developing pressure sores (decubitus ulcers) on their skin. The sores are caused from chronic trauma to the skin due to lying in one position on a hard surface for an extended period of time. Paralyzed dogs are especially prone to the problem because they lose muscle mass. If left untreated, a pressure sore eventually breaks down to become an open wound that can become infected and a life-threatening condition. The good news is there are a lot of ways to prevent pressure sores and treat them and this story explains what you can do.
5. The Lessons
I was so happy that readers wanted to learn about my personal story as the caretaker of a paralyzed dog. Sophie was my special girl who lost the ability to walk when she was 10 years-old. Her progressive condition lasted five years and it taught my family how to create a “new normal way of life.” The Lessons chronicles my family’s life starting on the day we adopted Sophie and learned that she had distemper.