Maxwell

Hello,

Last year my dog Maxwell “went down” in August of 2007 and was completely paralyzed in the hind end. I elected to treat him medically and he started a high dose steroid regimine and we had him fit for a cart immediately at you home base in Buckland, MA. Well, my family and I can’t praise you and your company enough for the freedom and mobility this has provided for Maxwell over the past year. Last winter he had the cross country skis fitted for his cart and he went with us all the time. This year he has rehabilitated enough to climb up and down a full flight of stairs (no more carrier his 50 lb butt) AND he’s recently scaled two mountains in Vermont WITHOUT the cart. In addition, he recently ran in the DOGRUNDOG event again in Norwich, VT and he has set a precedence for dogs that are older and disabled. This year they had a “short cut” specially for older dogs and dogs with disabilities. They did this because Maxwell was in the race last year and realized the race was for every dog. (It’s a wonderful event if you want to look it up – DOGRUNDOG.COM If Maxwell didn’t have the cart he wouldn’t be doing as well as he is now. I sing praises about your company to many people. In any case, my family and I (and Maxwell of course) thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Sincerely,
Renee King
Woodstock, VT

6 Responses to Maxwell

  1. Tammy January 19, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    What happened to your dog to cause him to go paralyzed? My dog recently had a herniated disc and they did surgery and she is still paralyzed. She is almost 4 wks. out and still has no feeling in her legs. Did your dog have feeling?

    • leslie January 23, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      It is not unusual for dogs to recover from total paralysis, even without surgery. Our first dog in a cart, Buddha, had a herniated disc, spinal compression that caused total paralysis of her rear legs with no deep pain sensation. She used a cart for 5 months. After 3 months, she started using her legs to walk in the cart, and 2 months later, she was walking without it. The cart was the only rehab she had besides massage…..I like to think that the cart supports healing by holding the dog in a normal healthy stance and allowing it to get exercise, while the body takes whatever time it needs to heal.

      • Tammy January 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

        What kind of dog was it? How do I control the pee and pooping? I use pee pads under her and was wondering is there a better way? diapers? but then what about the poop if you have a female?

  2. Leslie Grinnell January 25, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Dealing with incontinence is challenging, but manageable. There are washable pee and poop pads (visit http://www.poochpads.com or ask your local nursing home if they have some old ones they no longer use). There are doggy diapers – or you can poke a hole in baby diapers…..You can ask your vet to teach how to express your dog’s bladder.
    The cart is designed so that they can pee and poop in it, They do not have to squat to toilet themselves.

  3. carolyn adams February 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    i have a little dog part snauser and part poodle she came in from going potty and just colapsed. went to the vet. was checked. vet said he had never seen a case where the rear legs were paralyzed, but she had tail waging and anal use. i am exercising her rear legs and masaging and in the bath tub with water to chest and try to get her to move her rear feet. i have been doing this since jan 3 of 13 when this happened. she is now trying to get up on her back and stand , and is now trying to walk. she is not very steady, but i have some hope now. my question is would a cart help give her support to make her legs stronger, and make walking more easy and help her gain strength better. i would appreciate any iformation and help i can get.i love my little girl. she is the light of my life since i lost my husband last year. i do not want to lose her. also she is losing weight,but is eating better now, but not like she should and she does drink water well.

    • leslie February 11, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      I would continue with cage rest and limited activity for another couple of weeks. After 6-8 weeks, if she’s still really wobbly, a cart would give her the support she needs to keep her balance. She’s going to continue to rehab in the cart, and use her legs. Visit http://www.dodgerslist.com for information about managing IVDD.

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