A paralyzed dog can live for many years with their owners' assistance. This means needing everything that an able-bodied dog would need, including regular bathing. In fact, paralyzed dogs usually need much more frequent baths then their able-bodied counterparts, as they usually do not have control over their bodily functions and can get feces and urine on their fur. Also, because they drag their hind ends on the ground, they are more likely to pick up dirt and debris.
Paralyzed pets are, unfortunately, not that uncommon, as spinal injuries to pets can occur in a number of ways, from household accidents to motor vehicle accidents or fights with other larger animals. Bathing a paralyzed dog can be a frequent activity due to their propensity to end up soiling themselves and requires care and patience to support your pet and not cause stress to a dog with limited mobility.
Think of bathing time as a bonding time with your paralyzed dog and make it a pleasant time together, providing affection and attention to your canine companion. Enjoy your time together!
My dog had DM and is paralyzed in his hind quarters. It is becoming more difficult for me to bath him myself in the tub because of his size and DM. Do you know any good mobile groomers that can handle a dog of this size?
Hi Vicki! I can see why you want to have your beloved Barney treated with care and compassion. He is lucky to have you! It is difficult to recommend a mobile groomer online; however, I am confident that your veterinarian will know of a mobile groomer used to handling large dogs with mobility issues. Your vet can also ask clients within their practice about their experiences and for recommendations of a groomer that can take wonderful care of Barney. Good luck!
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