Spinal injury is one of the most serious ailments that can affect dogs. If your canine pet acquires this injury, it can suffer rear paralysis. This is because, in most cases, the point of injury and downwards is the most vulnerable. When this happens, your dog can no longer move his rear legs.
Unfortunately, this condition of your paralyzed dog can be permanent. Veterinary researches show that there are only very few cases that rear paralysis are cured. As someone who treats your dog as a real best friend, you will certainly have to double your efforts in caring for it.
One of the most immediate concerns in taking care of a paralyzed dog is cleanliness. Your dog may have been trained before to defecate only in the place you designated. However, because of its current conditions it will no longer be able to submit to the rules that you had set before. Oftentimes, it may just decide to defecate in the very place where it is staying. Because of this, you have to regularly clean your dog as well as the very spot where it stays most of the time. Giving your dog a bath and cleaning its spot in the house, prevents diseases that may just harm it further.
It is the nature of a dog to move towards what interests it, especially if it is still young. Therefore, your pet may attempt to walk or move despite the rear paralysis. While doing it too often, your dog may just drag its rear and develop sores and rashes on its skin. The problem is that you can never tell your dog to just stay put in one place. Like humans, they also want to overcome their handicaps. The best that you can do is to provide your pet with a means to be mobile, such as a dog wheelchair.
With a dog wheelchair, your pet can go easily from one place to another. It may not be able to do some of the fun activities that can demand so much physically but, at least, it does not get bored in just lazing in a corner for the entire day. In fact, it can already go back to defecating in the spot that you once assigned for it. By regaining some mobility, your dog will no longer suffer so much from its rear paralysis. Walking around the house is again made possible, which is a good coping mechanism for it.