This little lab was abandoned at the vet by its owners after they were told she would be paralyzed...She fell off a couch supposedly"...She is currently under foster care....and here is her story--I will help to foster her but we really need to get her a cart. This is her medical history to date:
She has more then just paralysis going on. It is just her hind legs, that little girl can move her front legs like no other! She SO wants to investigate everything! Shes a doll! Full of life! She manages to drag herself around with her front legs and she is ok at standing on her stiff back legs to eat.
I've been using a raised food/water bowl and she seems to stand ok for that. She will also just sit to eat ...and she moves her hind legs in a swinging motion under her body.
She's quite the medical case unfortunately...and funding may or may not play a large part in finding her that special person willing to take her on :(
Let me explain further --Little Bella came to us as a puppy who "fell off the couch" and couldnt walk at 6 weeks of age. A precious baby!
We took X rays and found a spinal problem, the neurologist said to give her 4 - 6 weeks to see if her spine heals since she is so young!
Well after 2 weeks her hind legs were becoming stiff, something didn't seem quite right! We repeated the X-rays and it seems her spine has started to heal somewhat. The legs were now becoming another problem. Her left hip has popped out of socket [shes a puppy so that was almost to be expected] and we are now dealing with that situation carefully as well. Sure doesnt seem to bother her, she has NO clue all of this is going on!
Friday I got back from taking her to the Veterinary Surgical Specialists and sadly the Specialist didnt give her much hope of walking
again given the current condition of her legs etc.
The Dr says she will more then likely be in a wheelchair [doggy cart] and thats ONLY if we can find someone who has the time, patience to deal with it. So frustrating because I live with her and see how sweet and happy she is.
I am currently looking into getting a doggy cart for her and have also applied for some "aid" thru a National organisation who fund for special need dogs like Bella.
I got an email from a rescue org who have a spare doggy cart. For a small dog they say, but shes only 15 pounds! The problem is that cart is over 3 hrs away..so trying to see how we can get that for her this week.
Anyways... we've been doing some therapy trying to get movement back into her legs. [mainly that right rear leg] Only just started this.
No improvements as yet...and as I say there very well may never be any movement back there. Then again you never know! I can hold her in a 'harness-like' position using a towel under the back part of her tummy when she goes outside to 'walk' and to potty. She can run FAST on those front legs with assistance from me. I am startaing to notice her right rear paw is almost acting like it wants to work!! Promising!
Hydrotherapy may be of help here! Ive heard other stories of puppies at 6 months of age being able to use their hind limbs after
paralysis, and this is why I dont want to give up on her. There IS hope!
Sadly, these are not her only "issues" :(
There is constant caring for her throughout the day for her incontinence - i do not need to express her little bladder. Her bowel movements just fall free at present and at times it can be messy to clean. It almost appears like she knows when she needs to poop. She tries to lick at her bottom [but she cant reach it] I mentioned this to our Doctor and she felt positive about this! Im not certain if she can feel anything when shes urinating. Its not a major flood, just trickling here and there. She doesnt mind diapers at all.
Just the past 2 days shes been urinating outside. Ive noticed shes managed to hold it longer. Again VERY promising!
She will need surgery for the entropion in her left eye [her little eyelashes curl inwards] actually very common and the surgery is no real big deal at all. This is the least of her problems. I am working on getting funding for this surgery as well.
She had a prolapsed rectum until Saturday as the doctor placed a purse string in [pulls her rectum back inside her bottom]...hopefully that will heal. As of today things are looking brighter in that aspect now we are only feeding her special canned food.
It may reoccur on occasions due to her dragging her bottom, but then again if we can get a doggy cart for her this may not be the problem it seems to be and may never reoccur. This we wont know for sure.
Ive had diapers on her on certain occasions, but when I have her here with me at home I prefer to just wipe her little bottom throughout the day and have her on the tiled floor [easy to wash and disinfect] and some soft towels for her to lay upon. Washing/cleaning will become routinefor her prospective owner Im sure. For how long , we wont know .
Shes been kept penned up [per doctors orders] the past 3 weeks, altho I do take her out every now and again making sure to hold her spine straight .....that way she can sniff the grass and flowers and just "live" a little. As I say, pee n poop. Shes been doing that for me. Puppys need socialization and need to be exposed to certain things as they grow up so we are doing our best to let her get that too.
She wont have to live like this forever tho! The doctor has now said it is OK to given her full pen access. ie approx 2 square meters of room. Shes happy to sit and play on my bed! Oh YES she luuuuvs to play! Shes such a well mannered puppy!!
Apart from that this little girl is of course GORGEOUS! *sigh* Such a sad story. If I could , I certainly would take her but I already have a house full of animals and I simply cannot afford what it will take to save her.
I sure dont mind fostering her until she finds a great forever loving home. But my fostering time is limited .....thats why I am desperately trying all resources. I shall keep my fingers crossed someone is willing to take her in.
Basically this lil girl needs to have a chance at living a wonderful life since shes the happiest little puppy.
Euthanasia is what we are so trying to prevent! Quality of life? Well that will be up to the person who adopts her.
There is NO adoption fee...all our Doctor would like is to meet the prospective adopters and make sure she is going into the right home..She will come fully vaccinated and she has been dewormed already. Right now we are just seeing if there is anyone out there willing to go through with the time, patience and funding to give her a wonderful life!
Also...Ive attached the following our Doctor wrote explaining more about lil Bella!
Hopefully the prolapsed rectum is just a temporary set-back, So I think her main issues are the possibility/probability of permanent paralysis & thus needing a doggy cart.
The fact that she doesn't need her bladder expressed is a plus. She will be prone to bladder infections because of being damp back there but part of that is hygiene (keeping her clean) & part is housetraining & may be she will regain more control over time.
We shouldn't spay her too young (I don't think she's a big pregnancy risk) as is the current fashion because if her vulva stays small & "tucked in" she will be even more prone to infections.
It is such a plus that you are a personal trainer & understand the goal of passive manipulation, helping her to go thru the movements of "walking", & gently massaging/moving her joints & back legs to try to regain some range of motion, if possible.
Whether or not any surgery would benefit the subluxated hip (or hips, if it happens to the other leg too) is not something that needs to be addressed right now. If she remains paralyzed, I don't think that will matter, tho I could be wrong.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Best Regards, Tyler
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Lil Bella has received enough funds and now has her Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair. Thank you for your support! Please consider donating for other pets in need.