Living with a disabled dog

Living with, and managing, a disabled dog requires commitment, patience and energy. Clearly, the degree to which your dog does, or does not, recover full mobility will determine what you will need to do. Read our Owners' Stories to find out other people's experiences and advice.


Some of the things you may want to read more about:

Spinal Walking


Even if your Dachshund does not recover Deep Pain Sensation, it may still be able to achieve some motor function in its hind legs. They can appear to be walking, but this is actually just a reflex action when the muscles are stimulated and is known as Spinal Walking. This is likely to be quite wobbly and the hind legs will be uncoordinated with the movement of the front legs. Nevertheless, it does give the dog some degree of mobility and it is well worth continuing the rehabilitation therapy plan agreed with your vet.


The video below shows a Dachshund being taught to spinal walk. Ideally, the dog's paws should be allowed to touch the ground, rather than allowing them to knuckle over which won't stimulate recovery. 

An underwater treadmill is also a good way to carry out gait training. 

Expressing the bladder and bowels of a paralysed dog


The videos below show you how to express the bladder and bowels of a paralysed dog.

This video offers advice on the use of mobility wheels/carts.

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