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Buddy is a 2 1/2 year old Terrier Mix that was attacked by dogs when he was less then a year old. He has been in a wheelchair since shortly after the accident, and has been receiving physical therapy at Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton. There is one this Buddy has learned, and that is to not let your disability make you feel that you’re any less than that anyone, and with hope, anything is possible.
Buddy has been in his wheels for a year and a half, advocating for those without a voice. He originally started out in a Full Support Wheelchair, but has rehabilitated so well, that he now only uses the chair for Front Support. His owner was able to simply remove the rear support sling.
Often times, I get the calls from customers asking many questions, including “What are the differences between your dog wheelchair and your competitor’s dog wheelchair?”, “Why are your wheels canted?”, “Why do you use a soft saddle?”
These are great questions. And I answer them kindly, and patiently, often times over and over. In fact, I gladly answer any question that you throw at me. Furthermore, I hope you are doing your homework. I hope you are calling every wheelchair company and asking all the hard questions, because your dog is worth it.
Here is the reason. You are building a relationship with the person on the other side of that phone. I spoke with a woman today, who is being very careful about who she chooses to build her dog a wheelchair. Up until today, we have been talking about the technical pieces of the wheelchair. “How far do we need to cant the wheels?”, “What size wheels are we going to use?”, “My dog is very active, how can you guarantee that this wheelchair will hold up in the woods?”
But at the end of the conversation today, I left her with this note. This is a relationship. This is what I am selling. Your dog is 4 years old. That means that you and I are most likely going to be working with one another for the next 6-8-10 years. We will be here for you for the rest of your dog’s life. We will not be closing down, leaving the country, or changing ownership. When you call in need of a replacement harness because your dog just ate it, it will be me that picks up the phone. When you call in 4 years needing new tires, wheels, a buckle, it will be me that answers the phone. I will ask you how “Blue”, or “Sassy”, or “Pickles”, is doing. We will talk about how he or she chased after the mailman yesterday. We will laugh together. And then when the inevitable happens at the end your best friend’s life, we will cry together. So you want to make a connection with the person on the other side of that phone.
This is the exact reason why Ruff Rollin’ does not have an online ordering system. We want you to call us. We want to meet you, hear about your dog, get every detail that we can about the way you and your friend live your life. This only makes you more comfortable in your purchase. You simply can’t build an intimate relationship like this over a computer.
Moral of the story. Do you know what the gal told me on the phone today? She said, “No one has said that to me before. I have called every wheelchair company, and no one has expressed this purchase in that way before.” We make it personal. We take it personal. Your best friend is our best friend. We build dog wheelchairs, but most importantly, we build relationships.
Not only are you now faced with the dilemma of how to care for your newly handicapped dog, including how to clean your dog, how to deal with bed sores, bladder care, dog carts, and physical therapy. But now you have to figure out what to do with your dog during the day while you are away. Elderly dogs tend not to be as big of a problem because they often prefer to lay around all day in their bed. With that being said, I recommend locating a great orthopedic bed for your dog.
But what do you do with a young, very active dog? Well, hopefully you have crate trained your dog since puppyhood. If not, call Caesar, because I don’t know what to tell ya What I recommend for my patients in wheels, is to be crated while you are away. A smaller, compact crate to keep your dog from being able to drag inside the crate is preferred. This is number 1 in wound care. Prevention, prevention, prevention. If you can prevent a drag wound, then you will not have to deal with another traumatizing mess.
A great product out there is called a drag bag. I also recommend trying one of these. The drag bag protects the dog’s skin from breakdown associated with dragging. It helps your dog drag more effortlessly and smoothly, making dragging easier. Because let’s face it. Dogs will drag. It can also protect your floors from the incontinence associated with having a paralyzed dog. It’s main function in this case, is by keeping the diaper on! I would recommend doing some research on the product and ask around. Vet wrap has worked for others, and diapers, as well. Some of you have already had experience with incontinence in your pet. So your pet might already be wearing a diaper. This again, will help give some padding to those areas in the rear hindquarters during dragging.
If your dog is paralyzed in the rear, he or she will not be able to feel sores developing. Please check areas that are prone to drag wounds on a daily basis. These areas are feet, elbows, knees, and rump. And please, I repeat, take your dog to the vet if your dog has areas that are raw or open. These can become infected and fatal if left untreated.
If your dog is already experiencing a drag wound, some products that have been recommended are Medihoney, Vetericyn, or Granulex. Granulex has to be prescribed by a doctor, but Medihoney and Vetericyn can be found in local pet retail stores.
Finally, please do not take this advice over the advice of your dog’s veterinarian. We are not qualified to give medical advice. We can only give you advice based on the experience that we have gained in helping our clients cope during this difficult time.
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