Living with Paralyzed Dogs
Getting a diagnosis that your dog may lose the ability to walk is devastating. However it’s perfectly possible for most dogs to survive this difficult condition and still have a full happy life.
Dogs can become paralyzed due to many reasons, such as Intervetebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Fibrocartilagenous Embolism (FCE), Arthritis, Cerebellar Hypoplasia, Degenerative Myelopathy, Hemivertebrae, Herniated Disk and Spinal Injury. Our furry friends can also lose mobility due to limb deformity, accident and amputation.
Losing mobility doesn’t mean that these dogs should lose their quality of life – like Pici, this small-but-mighty chihuahua who developed Intervertebral Disc Herniation which left her with no use of her hind legs. A custom-made wheelchair, along with anti-inflammatory medication and physiotherapy, help Pici get back to being her independent bouncy-self. Watch Pici’s wheelchair fitting and taking her first steps.
Inspired by his paralyzed dog Louis, John Sweeney created These Dog Days, an online community where dog owners around the world share their stories living with disabled dogs. These daily life stories are real experiences written by real pet families about what they did to adapt to life with a dog who has special needs. Very inspiring!
Canine Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine
Surgery may not necessarily be beneficial or the best option for your dog. Consult with your trusted vet/surgeon and work out the best treatment plan possible for your dog, including pain management and exercise plan.
Having our fair share of Canine Rehabilitation including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, Laser Therapy and Physiotherapy with Bowie, I’ve seen its benefits first hand, though I should stress that each case is different and must be treated individually.
Canine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy include Hydrotherapy (Underwater Treadmill, Swimming), Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Game Ready (Cold Compression Therapy), Remedial Massage, Electrotherapy, Dry Needling, Therapeutic Exercises and Sports Conditioning.
Regenerative Medicine offers exciting treatment options by using your dog’s own body cells and proteins to promote healing. Regenerative Medicine includes Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Technologies (Nanotechnology).
Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog has compiled further reading resources on innovative treatments, new technology and clinical trials. Always do your research and consult with your trusted vet/surgeon.
Products that can help Paralyzed Dogs
Paralyzed dogs, amputees and a range of other dogs with mobility issues can benefit greatly from the use of different kinds of mobility aids. These Dog Days has compiled and provide product recommendations based on their existing user reviews.
Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog also has a list of recommended products for handicapped pets.