THESE DOG DAYS
A resource for disabled dogs and their owners
Today we meet Fatima and her beautiful Pitbull, Cantú Gustavo Guevara (Cantú to his friends). Cantú was born with a deformed spine and hind legs which leaves him paralyzed and with no feeling below T7. He began to use his wheelchair at 5 months of age and he hasn’t stopped since!
Thank you to the wonderful Fatima for sharing your story of life with Cantú and passing on some great tips for caring for a paralyzed dog.
What is a regular day like with Cantú?
Cantú and I are definitely on a schedule! We both wake up and go to sleep at the same time. In the morning when we wake up Cantú patiently waits behind his gate (I use a gate to prevent him from scooting around the house at night without his belly band) while I take his brothers outside to potty. After I come back in he knows is time to wipe him down and put his belly band, socks and pants on. After he is ready, I open the gate and he roams around the house, usually looking for breakfast while I make his bed. Breakfast is Cantú’s favorite meal of the day, he is not a picky eater. He makes sure he keeps an eye on me while I serve him breakfast. We then go for a quick morning walk and I go to work.
Usually when I come home from work, all Cantú wants to do is snuggle until is time for dinner. We usually go on longer afternoon walks. In the evening, we do some physical therapy at home and daily leg massage to keep his blood flow going. We then watch some TV and go to sleep. Cantu sometimes gets hyper at night but all I have to say is “go to sleep” and he will tuck himself in, lay his head on his pillow and go to sleep.
What advice would you offer to others caring for a paralyzed dog?
Everyone may have their own routines but I wish someone gave me these tips when I first got Cantu:
What physical therapy have you tried?
Cantú goes swimming twice a week to keep his blood flow moving and back legs strong, hydrotherapy has definitely help Cantu get stronger!
Cantú is a force to be reckoned with! He is so strong and has this amazing vibe. When he “roles” into a room, he makes sure everyone knows he is there. He has no idea that he is “different” because in our household we call it special!
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