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I left a post on some board but have failed to see it on screen, I hope I am doing this right. First ALL OF YOU ARE SAINTS IN MY MIND and if no one else tells you, I will. My 7 year old lab mix had neuro surgery for a herniated disc and thankfully recovered without a ruptured spinal cord. However doing the long rehab, he never walked again. I have been taking him for elect. stim, and hydro therapy and have gotten the one leg in great shape. HOWEVER the other has a deeply dislocated kneecap. We have determined it would be inhumane to put him thru another surgery with all the risks attendant. I have been voiding his bladder 9 times a day for two years. He stands to eat and you can see him planting the foot well and trying to kick off. It is heart rending to see him dragging himself around and injuring his feet. He uses an Eddies Wheels cart but that has not worked in convincing him to hop. Is there any technique, homemade device etc that I could use to start him hoping. I will convey anything to my vet so they can incorporate it in their work. Homer is an Alzheimer's support dog and the reason I get up everyday. Kitty
25 April 2007
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Hopefully you'll hear from Tazziedog (Pam is a vet). I wouldn't know where to begin. Just be sure to check out what we wrote about Sheba the Quad Dog and Trouble the Tripawd in Jerry's blog. Their skin mom, Deborah, made a video about caring for handicapped pets which may help. Best wishes and bless you for all your doing for Homer.