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'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?