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  • Alfie leaving Durango ready for some fun in Denver.

    by Mary Shimshea on April 23, 2012

    Posted by: David Reilly

    Alfie ruptured a couple of discs – we have no idea how. As all Doxie owners know back problems are a real concern. But he’s slowly getting the use of his legs back.  He and his buddy Boadie have crossed from Toronto to LA with us and now we’re… heading back through the mountains. Eddies Wheels have helped both him and us to make sure he gets around and keeps exercising. We continue with his therapy which is slowly showing good results. He’s a great dog with a fantastic character and we wouldn’t be without him.

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    Karen Smeath April 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Piglet first lost the use of his legs at the age of 6. We just couldn’t keep him from flying off furniture, following his brother Remington (a black lab) and doing all the things that big dogs do. Our mistake. My dad made him a cart and he hated it! He got stuck on the corners in the house and looked truly pathetic when he was strapped in. So, we took the advice of our vet and did hydrotherapy with him. We filled the bathtub far enough up to let his back legs float. This took the pressure off of his back and helped us exercise him. We still had to lift him up to eliminate but he began to get better. He has stabilized and only had one minor 2nd incident. It is really important to keep them warm as the cold can make them seize again. I am happy to report, that althought Piglet is a crabby OLD man these days, he is doing pretty well. He still lists to one side and his hips fall once in a while, but he is enjoying the use of his legs on his own power! Here’s to all those people who told us to put him down!

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    Joy Wehrfritz April 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    The disc thing happened to our first Doxie when she was 5 years old. We had surgery done, but only got a 1 in 3 chance of success.
    We cancelled a ski vacation, her daddy (an engineer) made her a lambs-wool harness so I could pick up her back legs for her….she would RUN and I could hardly keep up with her!
    Since we cancelled our vacation, I had lots of time to do physical therapy on her. Here’s what I did:
    I would support her in a standing position, then push her (isometrically) down and up several times a day.
    Then i took her out to our THICK grass and did it, and she began standing on her own,,,,the grass was supporting her. Eventually she started walking in the grass on her own.
    Long story short: she made a coplete recovery, and lived to the ripe old age of 16 without problems!
    Don’t give up! Hope this helps!

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