Today we talk to Meredith who kindly shares her experience with her dog Burton. Meredith adopted Burton from the Arizona Animal Welfare League when he was about 6 months old. Burton became paralyzed during 2016 from a suspected Fibrocartilagenous Embolism (FCE).
Meredith tells their story and offers some great tips on bladder management and keeping high energy dogs entertained.
Could you tell us about Burton's condition?
I will never forget March 6, 2016 when I woke for my normal morning walk with my three rescue dogs to find Burton paralyzed. It was completely unexpected and an incredibly scary experience not knowing what happened or if something could have been prevented.
Over two years later, Burton scoots around with his super strong front legs in the house and yard and also has a wheelchair for walking. He just recently hit 1.5 miles which is the furthest he has gone on a walk since his paralysis. Burton does not have any feeling midway down his back all the way to his backend. I have to help him pee by expressing his bladder and deal with the other business whenever and wherever it appears.
Today we meet Billie and talk about life with George the Weimaraner. George suffered from a fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) in October 2016 and became paralyzed in all four legs. Billie tells us about their daily routine and how they manage a large, paralyzed dog.
Could you tell us about your daily routine caring for a paralyzed dog?
Today we meet Tomoko from Osaka, Japan and her dog Rodem, the Minature Schnauzer. Rodem is paralyzed in her hind legs as a result of a fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE). FCE is a condition in which a piece of fibrous cartilage obstructs the blood supply to the spinal cord, typically occurring during physical activity causing neurons in the spinal cord to die off.
Could you describe your life with Rodem?