We decided to do something a little bit different for Wellness Wednesdays this week (with a quick pet photo at the end, because we can’t resist sharing the cuties!).
We get a great deal of inquiries from customers regarding whether or not our wheelchairs are suitable for their dog experiencing various stages of Degenerative Myelopathy. For those new to the concept of this very difficult disease, Degenerative Myelopathy (also known as DM) is a disease that starts with the weakening of the pet’s limbs, and eventually progresses to rear end paralysis.
It is always recommended that you follow the advice of your Veterinarian, due to the fact that every dog and medical condition is so very unique. We have a huge number of Veterinarians who have recommended the Walkin’ Wheels for their patients with DM. A great portion of the dogs we help suffer from this condition.
The idea of a dog wheelchair is a life changer (or saver!) for a dog with this disease. It used to be that animals who became paralyzed or had other general mobility issues would simply experience a decrease in the quality of their life, and that was that. This is devastating for everyone involved. A wheelchair allows the animal to continue experiencing the freedom of mobility, keep active to maintain their physical and mental health, and can significantly prolong their lifespan depending on the condition.
Each Walkin’ Wheels has a range of adjustability to suit your pet as their condition changes. You have the option of having their legs totally on the ground, barely skimming the ground, or harnessed entirely off the ground.
If you think a Walkin’ Wheels Pet Wheelchair might be right for your pet, check it out with your veterinarian. Our staff is available for inquiries, and can answer any questions about the cart that you or your vet may have. Pet owners all over the world are finding out that a dog wheelchair has been the best decision they could have possibly made.
If you suspect your pet may have DM, but are not sure, the following is a list of the possible signs and symptoms of DM.*
- Increased muscle atrophy and the inability to maintain posture
- Partial or full limb paralysis
- A loss of the ability to control defecation and urination
- Exaggerated spinal reflexes
- Loss of muscle mass
*This list is courtesy of www.petmd.com
If at any time you feel there may be something physically wrong with your fuzzy family member, a visit to the vet is in order. The sooner treatment begins for any disease or condition, the better the chances of a longer and more quality lifespan for your pet.
Even though you now know that you have options, a diagnosis of DM can still be very devastating. If you’re having a difficult time dealing with this condition, you could try joining a support group like this one, or even join us on Facebook! Our Facebook community welcomes ALL animal lovers and gives you a chance to see videos and pictures of pets with disadvantages leading fulfilling lives.
Last, but NOT least… we want to share this adorable photo of Sally, who’s family says she is very much enjoying her new freedom: