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wheeliepom wrote:Hi all,
Two days ago is very recent, glad you found the forum so quickly!
My 10 month old Pomeranian was attacked by another dog two days ago and suffered a broken spine in the process. The vet noted that she still had a small amount of sensation in one leg and they went ahead with a surgery to attempt to fix her spinal cord in addition to repairing the break. Her chances of walking again are small but I know they don't want to get your hopes up and tend to underpromise. I'm hopeful that with a lot of physio and rehab I could potentially get her up to 3 legged mobility at least. Aside from the paralysis and incontinence, she is doing as well as can be expected and is eating and drinking happily.
I am glad you were able to save her. Yes, I think you're right about how they don't want to get your hopes up, and also they don't know how much an individual owner is prepared to invest (time, energy, money) in the recovery. It is too soon to know how much function she has coming out of surgery, she still has a lot of swelling and so forth around the surgical site. After a few weeks that will go down and you will have a better idea of your starting point.
I'm very lucky that my dog is so small (5 lbs) as I know it will be much easier to do just about everything. I am not able to bring her home from the vet for another week or so as they are keeping her as calm and immobile as possible following the surgery. Of course this means I have hours and hours to pore over everything on the internet and I've come up with a few questions.
Does anyone else take their disabled pup everywhere with them? Regardless of her mobility I would like to bring her around with me once healed because she's a baby and still needs to enjoy the world. How do you deal with incontinence issues on the go? It's still too soon for me to tell what level of incontinence she has but as of now she is just slowly leaking.
Yes, especially with such a small dog, she can go everywhere with you if you enjoy it. It kind of reminds me of Wheely Willie.
Do your pups sleep in bed with you? There's nothing I love more than snuggling up with my dog at night and I was hoping that I could figure out a solution to have her in bed with me even if she's incontinent (pads, diapers, etc.).
You'll have to find out by trial and error and experience on this. There are a couple of issues. One is fit of the diaper. Another is the nature of the incontinence.
If you can get a diaper that fits well enough to avoid leaks, she could sleep with you. I am guessing you'll probably want disposables if that is the case, as they seem to have better elastic around the legs. I would probably go with human baby diapers, though I am not up to date on the current doggie disposables. They didn't used to be as absorbent as baby diapers, they might be better now. Some places will send you a sample. As small as she is, she may need the preemie size if you go with baby diapers. My one dog wears a denim diaper with a pad in it, rather than a disposable, and it is a good fit but it does leak when she lies on her side sometimes, it wouldn't work for sleeping in the family bed.
Another thought is, if you are concerned about her maybe getting rolled over on, or trying to jump off the bed, you could put a playpen or "side sleeper playpen" right next to the bed. I think the side sleeper has the "baby" up close to bed level where mom and dad can see easily. A regular playpen will have her down lower, but you can reach over and touch the netting and she knows you are there. It isn't the same as having a little warm ball of fur snuggled under your chin but you'll both sleep well and still be together.
Another issue is, like you say, you aren't quite sure how her incontinence will be yet. Some do not eliminate at all without being expressed (bed always clean and no need for a diaper), and some eliminate everything 24/7 even after expressing (diaper needed), and some are kind of in between (they can stay clean and dry for a number of hours if expressed). For a dog who eliminates a lot even with expressing, there is a product called a drag bag that can be worn with the diaper as a kind of backup plan to catch any waste and protect your floors or furniture.
I see a lot of information about expressing and incontinence for male dogs. Mine is a female - how much more complicated will things be as a result?
I'd say expressing a female might be easier than a male, but I know not everyone agrees. If you go to this link and scroll to the end, you will see videos about expressing both males and females:
Here is a link about expressing the bowel, as well.
The only thing that seems harder about females needing diapers is, you need to be aware of not allowing fecal waste to collect in a diaper where it can come in contact with the female area and possibly cause a urinary tract infection. You really need a diaper with an adequate tail hole to let doodles fall out of the diaper. We had one member here who was a nurse and for her small dog, she double diapered. The dog wore a snug diaper to absorb urine but let the solids fall out the tail hole. Over that the dog wore a second (cloth) diaper with a generous fit in the seat, and there was a ribbon around the tail that could be tied so the diaper would be snug around the tail. This way the first diaper absorbed urine and kept the female area clean, and the second diaper caught any solids. I'm not explaining this very well. She's adorable. There is a photo of her in one of her diapers under the section called Double Diapers in this link:
https://www.handicappedpets.com/mediawi ... male_wraps
I do not think the lady on etsy makes those cute ruffled diapers anymore, but here is an example of another diaper with a cord-lock tail that might work as a cover.
https://www.samsdoghut.com/ecommerce/do ... wraps.html
wheeliepom wrote:How tired does your pup get when wheeling around? What's the longest they can spend in a wheelchair (once they are built up to it)? My pom is still a puppy and very vivacious so I'm curious if I'll be able to give her enough exercise to tire her out (it was hard enough with all 4 legs working).
Bobbie in viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9806#p64292 wrote:Actually, a small dog like a Dachshund or corgi can use the cart most of the day without problems. Candy can lie down in his cart, and he spends at least an hour in it every morning before I leave for work and usually 4-6 hours in the evening and probably 8 or more in it on a weekend day. I don't think I'd recommend that in a dog that was rehabbing, but if a dog is fully healed and still uses a cart, it can be used more than a couple of hours. K9cartswest used to have a Dachsie that was in the cart throughout his waking day because he gnawed his feet if he could get to them.
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