It is going to be very important to do physio on her joints to keep them mobile, but with out causing pain or further injury. keeping joints moving and doing passive exercises will help for when your dog regains mobility. if nothing is moved they will get strictures and then will not be able to move when the paralysis goes. So just quietly without too great a movements move everything gently, quietly.
If by some chance you know a human physio ask about passive movements
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I only just read this. What a terrible thing to go through for all three of you. I hope that she will recover completely and quickly.
Thanks for the replies ppl really makes me feel so much better. Alot of people I know just don't share the same compassion and love for their dogs like you guys. I was told to do bicycle motions with her legs daily and also massage them. Is this correct and is there anything else I can do to help? Thinking of making a sling to help her walk aswell.
Hydrotherapy. You get doggy lie jackets with handles on them and you can take her into the water at the beach or a pool and hold on to her handle and let her swim on the spot.
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Massage and bicycle movements sound good. i would also concentrate on the feet....move all the little joints, carefully. All this will be quite pleasant for your dog. And can be just done whilst on your lap, watching telly.
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I don't know where winky lives but in Adelaide and surrounds there are a few dedicated dog physios and chiropractors. There is one with full vet qualifications that also does the other stuff - I think he's down Port Road somewhere, and another out at Two Wells - who mostly looks after greyhounds and doesn't really charge enough to make a living but then you spend extra getting out there.
And there are some DVDs on dog massage which may help too.
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You guys are so great. We live in Perth and I'm going to look up some places that might help. She really hates water and I think hydrotherapy might do more damage as she will try and fight it. When do people start therapy? I'm taking her home today. Should I wait a week or crack onto slowly now?
I dunno about for dogs but for humans - you start immediately.
Five reps of something simple that moves the dog's leg and muscles - just to keep them working. I know my dog used to push me round with her feet and when I tried pushing back once, I made her yelp, so you'd want to be sure you were working with the leg and joint not against - which is why i think some professional advice would be good. Even a gentle massage is good for keeping things moving.
I'm not sure how hydrotherapy would help either if she can't move her muscles on her own.
Given she's a chi, it may be she's just a crap swimmer. So flotation might help her feel more secure, and also the treadmill - when her back legs are working might also help. I know some dogs who hated bath time - but that was because their owners would tie them to a post and hose them with cold water - what a dog that rolls in cowpats deserves really. But if you got out the buckets of warm water and baby shampoo, they were fine with that.
You could desensitise to water, ie feed yummy treats for standing next to a bowl of warm water. feed yummy treats for touching the bowl of warm water (very shallow) etc.
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