THESE DOG DAYS
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4/25/2018 9 Comments
Today we speak with Kindel about life with Edna. Edna has cerebellar hypoplasia which is a congenital disorder in which the cerebellum (the part of the brain responsible for coordination) does not fully develop. In Edna's case her cerebellum is almost non-existent.
Cerebellar hypoplasia in dogs is often not noticed at birth and only becomes apparent at around 6 weeks of age when they become more active. Dogs with this condition can appear uncoordinated and display jerky movements, or tremors.
Edna is a great example of the fact that while there is no treatment for cerebellar hypoplasia dogs, with a little extra care they can often go on to live happy lives. Thanks to Kindle for sharing her experience and advice on how to care for a dog with cerebellar hypoplasia.
Read on for Kindle’s recommended products to support cerebellar hypoplasia dogs, such as this playpen, harness and floor mats. If you have more advice to share please leave a comment below.
What is a regular day like with Edna?
On weekdays we get up early. I lift Edna out of the playpen that she sleeps in (yes all 55lbs of her!) and everyone goes outside to go potty and get some energy out with a lap around the yard.
Edna is able to walk on her own so she will do her business outside. When she's ready she walks back in the house, has a drink and then sits by the kitchen sink while I make breakfast. Edna eats Honest Kitchen food which is dehydrated human grade food which takes a few minutes to mix and prepare. Once made, I place Edna back in her playpen with her breakfast and I get ready for work and head out.
On my lunch break I come home for an hour or so and let Edna and the rest of the crew out to play. When I leave she is placed back into the playpen. Once a week Edna and her siblings go to doggy daycare and play for the entire day, which she LOVES and comes home exhausted but happy.
Once I return home for the evening everyone gets let out again to play outside. I let Edna play inside as long as she has a diaper on. She tends to drink a lot once she comes in from playing so the diaper helps to avoid any accidents. At the end of the day I make Edna's dinner (similar to her breakfast) and place both the food and Edna into her pen and we call it a night.
Weekends are spent similar to weekdays although we're home a lot more so there is more playtime during the day. Sometimes we have youth soccer games to attend as Edna's dad is the coaching. If it's a nice day, and a home game, we will bring Edna to visit with everyone. She loves the attention!
What tips would you recommend for dogs with cerebellar hypoplasia?
Here are my three main tips on how to care for a dog with cerebellar hypoplasia:
Have you tried physical therapy? Did it help?
Edna did therapy for several months at the University of Florida's small animal hospital. She started off using a dog wheelchair to learn the forward movement and help keep her legs moving in the right direction.
Once she progressed, she moved on to using an underwater treadmill to help build her muscles and work on her gate.
She's also trying acupuncture as well.
What advice would you offer someone who caring for a dog with cerebellar hypoplasia?
The biggest piece of advice I could offer someone caring for a dog with cerebellar hypoplasia would be to socialize their dog with other dogs frequently.
Edna has been close with my blind dog Gertrude since day one and they've played non-stop since meeting. Edna was always trying to follow Gertrude and in the end, I think the best therapy Edna has had is Gertrude playing with her and encouraging her to follow.
Also, try not to baby your dog too much. Yes, they will fall and yes they will get back up again. If you encourage them in a positive manner and offer only little help when necessary, they can handle a lot more than you think
4/25/2018 10:50:25 pm
I have followed her story and am very encouraged by everyone’s progress in walking and life with her challenges.
4/25/2018 11:13:25 pm
Amazing story & an inspiration!! I follow Edna & her journey on instagram & it's a blessing to see her zest for life & her never give up attitude! Much blessings to Sweet Edna & her family!!
4/25/2018 11:19:57 pm
I follow Edna on ig. She is absolutely amazing . Thank you for a deeper insight into her daily life.
4/26/2018 01:48:49 pm
Thank you for sharing a day in the life with Edna she is so inspiring and such a lovely furry baby. Kindle, you have such a generous heart and loving spirt. Thank you for taking in the animals that may not get a forever home. Cheers!
4/30/2018 10:30:45 am
Edna is a huge chunk of lovable and I get so happy every time she pops up on my Instagram feed. Edna's spirit and strength is incredible and I love watching her progress. Gerty is also adorable, love them all 💓💓
We pulled 3 sisters off of death row at the shelter and 2 of them suffer from CH. I affectionately call them our "Jitterbugs". When I first got them home, I bundled them up in my arms so they would have some stillness and cried my eyes out.
Love the story. Our Bella was on a 2 week wait along with 80 other dogs to be euthanized by a closing shelter about 1.5 hrs away from our home. After hearing the story on the news we headed out to rescue one of the pups. Bella caught my eye but we noticed some real issues with her coordination immediately. The shelter couldn't provide much information except she had been adopted and brought back by 3 different owners because of her issue. That only made me want her more as she was a joy to be around and deserved a happy life. I made an arrangement with the shelter to take full custody of her and find out the problem and they would waive the adoption fee as a courtesy. We immediately took Bella to the vet and found out she had cerebellar hypoplasia. We were told with some extra care she can go on to have a long happy life pain free. Bella is a 50lb pit mix. She cannot do steps so we must carry her up and down. She loves walks but requires a full harness and must be kept on a short leash as she can fall over at any time. Runner carpets are necessary as she slips on any tiling or hardwood. All extras aside she makes us whole. Its been an honor having her and we are so glad we gave her a shot at life. The extras are a small price to pay for just how rewarding she is to us. I love hearing the other success stories. Thanks
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