Today we spend a day with Marcus and his Frenchie, Winky, in Brooklyn, New York.
Winky has IVDD which came on suddenly and without warning. Marcus came home from work to find him laying in the bathroom shaking and whimpering and without the use of his back legs. Winky had been fine on his lunchtime walk with his dog walker only a few hours earlier.
A trip to the emergency animal hospital confirmed that Winky would need urgent surgery as feeling to his hind legs was rapidly declining. Despite not haing insurance they went ahead with the surgery.
It’s been 2 years since Winky’s surgery and he’s slowly regained more feeling in his legs. However, complications in his recovery has meant that he has never regained his balance or movement completely. His right leg is weaker than his left. Thankfully, Winky regained full bladder control so Marcus only needed to express his bladder for the first one or two months post surgery.
Winky does seem to have weaker bowel control and they often do wake up to accidents. However, for the most part as long as he is walked to a regular routine he pees and poops outside like a fully abled dog.
Can you take us through a regular day with Winky?
Meet Gem! Gem is a two year old Husky from Thunder Bay, Canada.
Gem had a difficult start to life suffering abuse before finding a loving home with Erin. Gem's injuries included swelling in her back which hardened and left her paralyzed in the hind legs. Despite being paralysed you can see in the videos on Gem's Instagram that she still has some movement in the hind legs, however, most of the movement is involuntary.
Erin was told that Gem would never walk or stand on her own but as usual she has proved the vets wrong. In the summer gem swims every day for 20 minutes and this has greatly improved her movement and strength in her back legs. She also goes to the chiropractor every 2 weeks to keep her body healthy.
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