Dogs can become paralyzed or partially paralyzed for a number of reasons. It is important to seek intervention as soon as possible. Always start with your family vet. If your dog becomes paralyzed when your vet is not available, DO NOT WAIT, go to the nearest emergency veterinary center.
Nursing your dog back to health is a labor of love. During this time, keep your dog in an area where he/she can see you and be part of the family.
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Once your dog starts taking some steps it is important there is good traction.Use rubber backed rugs on slippery floors. Keep the nails trimmed and fur between the pads trimmed so that the pads contact the floor. Booties can be used for traction and to protect nails and paws if you dog is dragging or knuckling (walking on the back of the paw). Block any access to stairs and favorite furniture to prevent falling or jumping.
A wheel chair for your dog is not only for the situation in which your dog will never walk again. It is also a valuable tool for letting your dog move about independently in a normal standing positon until he/she can do it on their own. You can rent wheelchairs from some companies and clinics for short term use.(Our Hearts Canine Rehab has carts available for rental or purchase).
An exercise program should be prescribed by your vet or certified rehab professional. However, there are some simple things you can do at home.