My Patent since 1998
Helpful Hints & Links:
Harness Introduction, Boots, My Supplements, Food, & Care
Important K9 Links
When Is It Time?, Dog's Last Will, Dog's 10 Commandants
You need to keep up your positive thoughts and prayers every day.
Your dog will will keep fighting this with you as long as he does not feel he is a burden or that your sadness is because of him. Don't give up or he will before he should. Lots of Love & Long Hugs many times daily are important for you both.
Introduction of Hartman's Hip Helper Harness: Try making changes if your dog is not used to a harness
Taking off the rear section and leaving on the front, leave the whole harness on, then back to just the front. And do praise how good looking it is on them and give them treats when putting it on and when going out.
I would in the beginning leave on the front and in the AM just attach the rear when you are around.
Take all off and massage all areas on and around where the harness makes contact. And this is to be sure that moisture from licking or being outside does not rub in any area.
Massaging I do every morning all over their bodies but focus on any problem areas. Not only for bonding, but checking for ticks, lumps, scratches, and getting the blood flowing. If you are in a rush, this can take just two minutes and it is so positive for them.
Super K-9 Links..........................
Very Very Special Dog Sites you need to visit for help and support...........
Wheelchairs for disabled pets
Deg. Myelopathy Support Group
Hickory Grove Farm GSD's
Vet Info Service
Spanna - Degenerative Myelopathy Help and Advice
DirectoryPet.com : The Portal of Pet Information and Resouces
Amazing Pet Place: Pet Supplies and Gifts for Animal Lovers
Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, LLC Debbie Gross Saunders, MSPT, OCS, CCRP
Enabling Pets: Custom Wheelchair-Carts for Disabled Pets
Paws for Wellness:
Canine Conditioning & Rehabilitation
Located Shelton, CT
Dogs To Go!: Custom Wheelchairs and Walking Aids for Pets
Dr. Clemmons: DM & Diet & Supplements
Wellsprings-K9: Hydrotherapy & Massage For Dogs
WHAT I DID & STILL DO.....
Boots: Try "used IV bags" from the vet who throw them away. They are very durable and necessary if you have to wrap the dragging feet because they are getting sores. These bags can go over the wrapped feet and Velcro. Because they might drag their feet - regular boots will wear away.
Supplements: what I give & feed
Vitamins C, E, Calcium w/D, alternate Fish Oil & Flax Seed Oil, Probiotic Acidophilus, Stem Cell Enhance
Food: Raw meat and sometimes cooked chicken with kibble without grains
Pumpkin, spinach, yogurt: daily
Inflammation in my older dogs: Boswella (main ingredient of DGP), Metacam, and every two weeks or three weeks Adequan injection
Back-on-Track (Therapeutic Dog Mesh Blanket) are worn nightly and before and after any exercise http://www.backontrackproducts.com/ecommerce/dog-products
Cold Laser - on inflamed/tight areas
When is it time?
Stop trying to make that decision for your dog. Just watch their eyes and they will tell you if you listen to their eyes. When the look in their eyes have lost that spirit you have always known and their look is distant and away from you, listen to that look. Your companion knows when it is time to travel to another place and needs you to let them to do it in a painless peace. That is your final act of love till you meet again. With this final act, I have always been there with them thanking them for such wonderful memories they gave me to keep and remembering that I gave them memories for them to take with them.
As long as has that fighting sparkle in their eyes and then that is what you have to go with. Cherish every day and fight with them as a team you have always been. They will fight to stay strong with you until they know it is time to say thank you for the memories for a wonderful life in this world with you until you meet again.
DOG'S LAST WILL
DOG'S 10 COMMANDMENTS
Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they, depend on you to make their life a quality life!
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is
likely to be painful
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don 't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment.
You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand
your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it..
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt
you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if
something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food,
I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you
can't bear to watch. Don 't make me face this alone.. Everything is
easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.
Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good
care of them.
Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without Dog's
Dog Mobility Harness and Support Harness - Hartman's Hip Helper Dog Harness | a Dog Mobility Harness and Support Harness for Hip Dysplasia, Degenerative Myelopathy, Arthritis, Spinal Injuries, Surgery, Dog Harness