Taking Care of a Paralyzed Dog

This condition is tedious to nurse and very alarming to see. But no matter how hopeless the situation may seem, with proper care for your paralyzed dog, you can see amazing recoveries…recoveries you wouldn’t even expect.

Causes Of Paralysis In Dogs

Usually, a dog will be paralyzed when plagued by acute constipation which usually leads to intoxication. This, however, can be easily remedied by treating the cause. There are more alarming causes of paralysis in dogs however.

Other serious diseases that disable or adversely affect your dog’s nervous system can render your furry pet helpless in no time. You should help you veterinarian determine the cause of your dog’s paralysis by telling them the symptoms that your dog has experienced like weakness, stiffness of the hindquarters, and the like.

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Your Dog’s Bowel Movement

Your dog’s bowel movement and bladder should receive utmost care and attention. The elimination of any waste inside his body is very important as the condition has higher chances of getting worse because of constipation.

Epsom salts are useful to regulate your dog’s bowel movement. If that doesn’t work for a few hours, you can use enema to flush out your dog’s toxins and waste. If your dog can be supported standing, his bladder can be easily emptied. On the other hand, if that doesn’t cut it, it may be essential to use a catheter. This is, however, best left to veterinary surgeons as it can worsen the situation if used by unskilful hands.

The Bedding

If, unfortunately, your dog is rendered totally helpless, he should be nursed and laid down in a smooth, flat, and firm bed. Keep this in mind – you should turn him after every hour or so. Keeping your dog’s spine is equally important. His back should be well-covered with a hot-water bottle.

Along with that, consistently stroking and gently massaging your dog’s back is often useful and helpful. Whatever you do with your dog, remember to always handle him in a very smooth, gentle, and caring manner.

Don’t think about mercy-killing your pet dog unless the veterinarian renders the situation to be totally hopeless.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.  
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