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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 help your dog if they have an amputation. Getting up and also going to the bathroom may be difficult. You can use a towel or a support sling to assist your dog from underneath. You should also help your dog using the stairs or avoid them...

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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 full paralysis in one or more legs Dog walks awkwardly or wobbly  Dog appears weak in posture Physical Therapy for Spinal stroke recovery  Stretching which helps with mobility and flexibility Hydrotherapy with underwater treadmill  Laser Therapy For Dogs which helps with blood flood and pain management...

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How To Treat Pressure Sores In Dogs

What causes pressure sores in dogs? Pressure sores in dogs also called decubitus ulcers in dogs or dog bed sores form from repeated pressure usually in a bony area where blood flow is constricted. Since blood carries oxygen and when this is restricted the skin begins to die. This is most common in larger breed dogs, but can occur with any dog.  What are the signs of pressure sores in dogs?  Occurs on bony parts of the body such as elbows, knees, stomach, hips and side of legs Hair loss in area Reddish or thickened skin Ulcer or abscess can...

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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 front legs also become weak due to muscle deterioration. There are several stages of degenerative myelopathy.  What breeds are affected? Any dog could get Degenerative Myelopathy. However, it is common in large breed dogs such as a German Shepherd, German Shepherd Mix, Siberian Husky and Collie. ...

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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. Usually within six months to a year your dog will become paraplegic. There currently is no known cure.   Early Signs Of Degenerative Myelopathy Very difficult to notice - the best way is to look at the nails of your dog's rear paws for uneven wear. ...

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