Today's interview is with Benn from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Benn has provided a wealth of great information about life with his two dogs Jasper and Daisy. Jasper suffered a herniated disc which has left him paralyzed in the hind legs.
Benn has shared details of their daily routine, and provided some great bathroom tips and helpful product recommendations that will benefit others managing paralyzed dogs. Thanks Benn!
Today's interview comes from Portugal where we talk to the lovely Iris about life with her paralyzed, long haired, Miniature Dachshund called November Sky (or Sky to her friends).
Sky first showed signs that she was struggling to walk in late October 2016. Iris initially suspected that Sky’s problems walking were associated with a cyst that had been found on her kidney earlier that year. Not long after Sky's condition became worse. One morning she was unable to get herself out of her crate herself into a sitting position. "We rushed her to the local vet, who told us it was her intervertebral disc disease, and she needed six weeks crate rest. With luck she might walk again."
Iris shares more of her story, including their daily routine.
What is it like caring for a dog with IVDD?
Today we meet Barbarah and Silvia from Goiânia, Brazil, and discuss life with their paralyzed Siberian Husky. They share their experience caring for a special needs dog and some of the tips and tricks they’ve learned along the way.
Could you tell us about Maya’s disability?
Maya is thought to have been neglected and mistreated by her former owners. When she was rescued her legs were in a terrible condition from crawling around on concrete. She had a severe case of anemia and needed to have a blood transfusion to get her back on the road to recovery.
She was assessed by several vets and was ultimately diagnosed with a herniated disc (intervertibral disc disease, or IVDD). By the time Maya was rescued the paraplegia was irreversible. Maya was also diagnosed with early stage kidneys disease.
Could you tell us what daily life is like caring for a paralyzed dog?