Casey, a 6 month old St. Bernard puppy was born with paralyzed legs and lives at Angel’s Gate, an animal hospice and sanctuary in Delhi, NY. Eddie’s Wheels has been providing carts to Angel’s Gate for many years, and so when Sue Marino contacted us about Casey we were eager to help her. The problem, of course, is that Casey is only half her potential adult size, so we were lucky to find a used cart on our deck that we could donate to Angel’s Gate now. When Casey outgrows this one, we hope to be able to find another used cart that she’ll be able to grow into.
Casey was born paralyzed due to sepsis – that means that her spinal column is weak and malformed. As a result, as soon as Casey is placed in a standing position, her legs go spastic – kicking and flailing uncontrollably. Without the use of our adjustable therapy stand, it would have been almost impossible to measure her.
We stood Casey up in the stand for almost an hour, letting her body stretch out and observing what her legs were capable of once she was supported in a healthy normal stance. It never ceases to amaze us to watch what happens when disabled dogs are supported this way. Gradually the rear legs reached to the floor and the spastic running motions she makes calmed down. We were able to see that the wrists of her forelimbs were weak from lack of weight-bearing exercise. Everyone agreed that it was necessary to get this girl up and walking again.
Sue Marino decided on the basis of seeing this to order an adjustable therapy stand for Casey. As she grows, the stand can adjusted to her new dimensions. It can be placed over a land treadmill to give her strength-building exercise. Therapeutic standing will allow access to all four legs for physical therapy – stretching, massage, acupuncture.
We expect to see Casey again in couple of months when she outgrows her first cart. Here she is walking out to the car in her first set of wheels.