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 Alex and discuss life with Raj, a blind American Pit Bull. Raj suffered horrible abuse in his early life before being rescued by Animal Humane New Mexico and eventually adopted by Alex.
Alex tells us about Raj's adjustment to becoming blind and settling into a safe, new life in Albuquerque. She shares some great advice and recommends useful products for others who are adjusting to life with a blind dog.
Could you tell us a bit about Raj and how he came to be blind?
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?