THESE DOG DAYS
A resource for disabled dogs and their owners
Today we talk with Amanda from Keyser, USA about life with her paralyzed pooch, Delilah. Delilah suffered a spinal cord injury when she was hit by a car in September 2016 which left her paralyzed. Amanda describes what life is like with a paralyzed dog including bladder management and the tips and tricks that she's picked up along the way.
Could you describe a regular day with Delilah?
Today we reflect on the life of The Bumblesnot (aka Bumble) in our interview with Melissa. Many of you will know of Melissa's great work raising awareness and funds for senior and special needs dog adoption through Bumble's popular Instagram account @thebumblesnot.
Melissa adopted the eight year old Bumble from a local shelter in 2011. They spent the next six years together until he passed away in October 2017. During this time she learned a lot about life with a disabled dog as Bumble gradually lost the use of his hind legs, bladder and bowel function as a result of suspected Degenerative Myleopathy. Melissa kindly shares her story with us today.
Can you tell us about Bumble's disability?
It's time to meet Tobi the three year old Frenchie from Pasadena, USA.
Tobi is a 3 year old French Bulldog living with paralysis from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). Tobi had his first episode with IVDD in November 2016, after 4 weeks of rest and medicines such as steroids, pain killers and anti inflammatories he healed up.
In April 2017 Tobi woke up one weekend morning in a lot of pain, his mom Chrissy figured he hurt his neck again so she gave him the left over medicine from the last episode and put him on crate rest waiting for Monday morning to make an appointment with the vet. Late Sunday night Tobi became paralyzed in his hind legs and he was rushed into surgery to remove a ruptured disc from his spine. The surgeon said there was a lot of bruising and blood clotting on the spinal cord and that Tobi would not regain feeling or the ability to walk again.
Now almost a year later Tobi enjoys going to physical therapy once a week where he walks on an underwater treadmill, gets electric stimulation therapy, cold laser therapy and lots of love and rubs from all the staff at the clinic. He has regained some feeling in his legs and can stand for short periods of time outside the water. With each physical therapy session he grows stronger and stronger!
Can you tell us what a normal day is like with Tobi?
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