THESE DOG DAYS
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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.
This is Noodle. Noodle is a young pup, still less than a year old, living in Mount Vernon, USA. She was adopted in December 2017 by Bree and Kyle, the happy pup parents, after hearing about her through social media and local Seattle news.
Noodle was a stray and was brought to the local shelter with a spinal cord injury at level of L2. Very little is known about the cause of Noodle's injury other than the doctor believes it was trauma not congenital (at birth). Bree and Kyle are doing all they can to give Noodle the best chance of recovery including a neurology consult for Noodle, pending MRI and pursuing doggy physical rehab.
She appears to be incontinent though she does wake us up at night with a whimper when she has to go. The sensation in her back legs is limited to nonexistent. She has high tone and spasticity, meaning though she is paralyzed, those back legs like to twitch and kick. This tone allows her to occasionally kick up to a standing position. Especially during her favorite time of day - meal time!
Describe and normal day with Noodle
Swan is a French Bulldog from Peronnas, France. He is four years old and lives with Intervertibral Disc Disease (IVDD). Swan has been paralysed since August 2017 after suffering several disc herniations.
The first herniation was operated on in April 2017. Swan recovered very well from the first operation and walked perfectly. One morning in August 2017, Swans owner, Coralie, woke up to find Swan's in her bed with paralysed hind legs. She was operated on emergency to two relieve two new hernias but unfortunately did not recover the use of her hind legs as well as his bladder.
Can you describe what a normal day with Swan looks like?
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