Thanks to Jennifer for sharing this great story of her dog, Lilly Mae's recovery from a fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE). While recovery from FCE (and other neurological conditions, such as IVDD) is quite common, understandably most people prefer to put this difficult period behind them and we don't get to share these important stories.
Tell us about Lilly Mae's experience with FCE
Today we meet Fatima and her beautiful Pitbull, Cantú Gustavo Guevara (Cantú to his friends). Cantú was born with a deformed spine and hind legs which leaves him paralyzed and with no feeling below T7. He began to use his wheelchair at 5 months of age and he hasn’t stopped since!
Thank you to the wonderful Fatima for sharing your story of life with Cantú and passing on some great tips for caring for a paralyzed dog.
What is a regular day like with Cantú?
If you have a paralyzed dog or a dog with a neurological condition you will be only too aware of the range of complications that can effect their bladder.
Paralyzed dogs typically can’t urinate voluntarily and need to have their bladder expressed at least three times a day. Good hygiene and frequent bladder expression helps to avoid the build up of bad bacteria which can lead to bladder and UTI’s.
See our guide for more information on how to express a dog’s bladder.
Despite our best efforts bladder infections do occur. Infections of the bladder or urinary tract are generally easily treated with antibiotics. However, in some dogs UTI’s can become a chronic, reoccurring problem requiring regular trips to the vet and endless antibiotic treatment. The frequent use of antibiotics can also run the risk of your dog developing antibiotic resistance.
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