The day your dog stops walking can be a scary and sad day for some dog owners. Paralysis, or lameness, is a scary and heartbreaking condition to witness as a pet parent. The good news is there’s a lot of reason to hope — and plenty of options — to consider if your dog were to come up lame…. and, of course, I cover many of these in my book The best of Both Worlds, which became an Amazon best seller in two categories within 12 hours of being published.
I bring up the best seller status not to brag… but to demonstrate that you are not alone. There are many pet parents out there looking for — and in fact demanding — additional health options and I appreciate you considering the Caring Vet approach.
Back to paralysis. Paralysis can be temporary or permanent. It is not automatically a static, permanent condition. I have seen it change rapidly, many times restoring full mobility to a dog. It can be a result of orthopedic and/or neurological diseases including damage to the peripheral spinal nerves. Paralysis can result from trauma or from arthritic changes, degenerative disk disease and benign or malignant tumors.
Some paralysis is the result of trauma and accidents, and these can’t really be prevented. However, other nerve damage or even tumors that impact mobility can be staved off… with proper nutrition and preventative care. Be sure to feed wholesome food, exercise your dog often, and listen to your vet when he or she suggests diagnostic testing to identify potential problems early.
Speaking of identifying problems early, watch your dog and report any troubling symptoms to your veterinarian sooner rather than later. You may see something as simple as the dog holding up his paw, crossing their back legs when walking, or walking on the tops of his back feet, also called “knuckling over.” These can be early warning signs that can help you head off paralysis by being pro-active..
So, thanks for buying my book. Let me know how I can help you… here’s a quick video recap of information about dog paralysis.