Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a congenital brain disorder that affects an animal’s ability to maintain balance. Mild cases of CH result in animals who walk along the wall, using it as a prop to hold themselves up. In severe cases, some pets (dogs and cats) have head tremors and are so ataxic that they cannot stand or balance at all.
We met our first dog with CH many years ago. Isadora was a feisty Jack Russel Terrier puppy, but like a typical Jack, she had a strong will. We built Izzy a cart with training wheels to keep her from falling, and within no time at all, she was chasing tennis balls in her cart.
Newman, the sharpei in the video, was a 6 month old puppy when he came here for a cart. His balance issues were mild and once again, a simple cart with detachable front training wheels to keep him balanced provided him with enough support to allow him to take normal walks on the road. Eventually, Newman was able to get around without the aid of his cart.
Bobby, a boxer puppy, had more extreme problems, with constant head tremors that constantly through his front legs off balance. His caregiver, Joanne Lofthouse, believed that a full quad cart with a headrest would be the only way Bobby would ever learn to walk. She was correct in her intuitions. With the headrest supporting his head, all his other tremors quietened down sufficiently for him to learn to walk in a quad cart. We were delighted to hear recently that Bobby is now managing to walk independently of his wheelchair.