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?
Today we talk to Jennifer and find out what it is like to look after Molly, who was recently diagnosed with fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE), as well as a newborn baby. She shares her story and the handy products that have helped their growing family adjust to their new way of life.
Can you tell us a bit about Molly?
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.