Tripod Dog Care; Things You Should Know

Tripod dogs or tripawds are dogs that are born with only three legs or have an amputation. Amputations can occur due to things such as an accident or cancer. Dogs can do well on only three legs, especially if they were born this way.   There is an adjustment period where you will need to helpContinue reading “Tripod Dog Care; Things You Should Know”

What Is a Spinal Stroke In Dogs?

A spinal stroke in dogs is medically known as Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE). This occurs when there is a blockage in a blood vessel in the spinal cord. This can cause immediate paralysis in one or more of your dog’s legs.  Spinal stroke in dogs symptoms Severe pain that comes and goes quickly Partial or fullContinue reading “What Is a Spinal Stroke In Dogs?”

Degenerative Myelopathy In Dogs; Common Questions Answered

What is degenerative myelopathy In Dogs? Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs also called DM is a disease affecting the spinal cord. A genetic mutation in the SOD1 gene has been found to be the cause. Degeneration of the white matter in the spinal cord causes progressive loss of hind leg weakness and paralysis. Eventually the frontContinue reading “Degenerative Myelopathy In Dogs; Common Questions Answered”

What Are The Stages Of Degenerative Myelopathy In Dogs?

The most important thing to focus on are the symptoms. It’s important to be aware that this disease is not painful. See a veterinarian immediately if you believe your dog is in pain. Arthritis is an example of a chronic and painful condition, not degenerative myelopathy which can be misdiagnosed. Unfortunately DM can progress quickly.Continue reading “What Are The Stages Of Degenerative Myelopathy In Dogs?”

Why Is My Dog Afraid Of Stairs? How To Overcome Their Fear Of Stairs 

Clear off the steps – Don’t have anything that can be a distraction or an obstacle for your dog. More importantly having things on the stairs are dangerous not only for your dog, but anyone else too because you can trip.  Distract your dog – Stand below your dog or above them and offer aContinue reading “Why Is My Dog Afraid Of Stairs? How To Overcome Their Fear Of Stairs “

Why Won’t My Dog Use Stairs? Possible Reasons 

You should ask yourself this question, but also ask a few others to better assess the situation. A puppy may just have fear of the stairs since it’s something new. However, if your dog is older and they just all of a sudden stopped using the stairs, it is probably something else. Signs include hesitationContinue reading “Why Won’t My Dog Use Stairs? Possible Reasons “

IVDD Treatment For Dogs

IVDD Treatment For Dogs varies depending on your dog’s symptoms. A veterinary exam usually includes a neurological exam, x-rays and or other images to be taken such as a myelogram, CT scan and MRI. These are done to locate the spinal injury. There are both surgical and non surgical options for treating IVDD in dogs. Continue reading “IVDD Treatment For Dogs”

IVDD In Dogs; Symptoms and Stages

IVDD in dogs is most common in dachshunds but can occur in several other breeds of dogs. Other breeds include Basset Hounds, Bulldogs, Beagles, Corgis, Cocker Spaniels, Pekingese, Poodles and Shih Tzus.  IVDD can correct itself or quickly progress depending on which stage your dog is in. Stages Of Intervertebral Disc Disease In Dogs  StageContinue reading “IVDD In Dogs; Symptoms and Stages”

IVDD In Dogs; What Is It?

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) In Dogs is a degenerative condition where the discs in your dog’s back deteriorate faster than they should. Usually you contact your veterinarian because your dog is in pain and having trouble moving. This is usually right after doing something common such as jumping off furniture. You find out your dogContinue reading “IVDD In Dogs; What Is It?”

What Are The Signs Of Loss Of Mobility In Dogs?

Loss of mobility in dogs can have several signs . Your dog may only have a few but can progress over time.  Difficulty standing and walking  Aging dogs lose muscle mass and can also develop arthritis which can be hard for your dog to stand. Standing may be a hard slow process and so canContinue reading “What Are The Signs Of Loss Of Mobility In Dogs?”