Today we talk to Jennifer and find out what it is like to look after Molly, who was recently diagnosed with fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE), as well as a newborn baby. She shares her story and the handy products that have helped their growing family adjust to their new way of life.
Can you tell us a bit about Molly?
If you’re an owner of a dog with a disability, you’ll know that little (and big!) toileting accidents are just an everyday occurrence. But just because your dog has more frequent accidents than other dogs, doesn’t mean there isn’t a solution. Enter puppy pads – an innovative and relatively inexpensive way to reduce toileting messes. Although puppy pads are usually designed for puppies who are in the midst of toilet training, they are also an ideal option for disabled dogs.
If you’re unfamiliar with puppy pads, there are many qualities you’ll want to look for when choosing the right one for your disabled dog such as the level of absorbency, odor control, and adhesiveness they offer. You’ll also want to consider features such as additional layers, environmental-friendliness, and whether the pad includes a built-in attractant.
To help you out, we’ve narrowed down the top three puppy pads on the market for disabled dogs.
Today we meet Pearl and her family from Miami, Florida. Pearl is a super tiny teacup Chihuahua who was born without her two front legs. She is also missing most of the nails on her hind paws, and her tail has a bend at the end. These deformities are likely to have been the result of Pearls mom, who was also a very small teacup Chihuahua, carrying a litter of three puppies. This was likely to have been too many for her to carry without complications.
Pearls mom, Carrie tells us how Pearl came into their life and the daily challenges of caring for a dog with limb deformities.