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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Spinal Injuries


Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor



  (Gloucestercitynews.net) (July 27, 2019)-- Let’s talk about your dog’s backbone. No, not the phrase that means he’s brave—the actual spine of your dog.

   Dogs can easily suffer spinal injuries. The more serious injuries can cause paralysis, incontinence, and suffering. It’s important that you do nothing to accidentally risk this outcome.

   Never press on Fido’s back. Do not allow children to “ride” him; he is built nothing like a horse or a pony and can be crippled for life if an attempt is made to climb on his back.

   Never press down on your dog’s spine to make him “sit”. Rather, gently touch the base of his tail while you give the command. He will comply!

   Do not allow dogs under one year of age to attempt an agility course unless it’s one specially designed for puppies. Young dogs’ bones are not fully formed until they are at least one year of age. To pressure him or her to jump is to risk breaking his bones.

   Beware of arthritis in older dogs. If he is acting “stiff” and it seems painful for him to go up and down steps, please contact your veterinarian. There are medications that can ease his pain.

   If Fido has been diagnosed with a spinal injury or hip dysplasia there are companies that will supply you with a specially-made wheelchair so that his quality of life improves. He may not be able to walk or run on his own but with his new chair he can still join in the family fun! Remember, your disabled dog loves you just as much now as he did before his injury!

   If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue please call or text 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com.


Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson, Owner

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Training and rescuing dogs since 1975

Serving Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties

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