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TAKING CARE OF A SENIOR DOG

TAKING CARE OF A SENIOR DOG

Thursday, June 07, 2018
Dog Support Sling for Hind Leg

Perhaps your dog has Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and has recently started having trouble walking. In fact he seems to be quite wobbly on his legs.  Is there anything you can do to help him? 

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While DM is one of the leading causes of hind end weakness in dogs, there are others such as hip dysplasia and osteosarcoma that can leave your pooch with weakness in this area. Just because your dog has moments when he staggers or doesn't seem to be able to support his hindquarters is no reason for him not to be able to continue enjoying life. Remember, your dog loves to walk and even if he can no longer do this completely on his own, with a sling helping to support his weight, there is no reason why the two of you can't still enjoy his favorite pastime


Hind-End only Harness 

This harness that is designed specifically for use on the hind end is typically a lot easier to use and more comfortable for your dog. These consist of a band that wraps under your dog's belly just below his ribs. It should fasten on top and have straps from each side that end in a handle you use to stabilize your fur baby's rear end..

Getting the Hang of it

One of the hardest parts of "slinging" your dog may be getting him used to using it. Some dogs will take right to using a sling, almost as if they appreciate the help more than they are worried about the sling being there. Others may not be quite so happy. You can start out getting him used to the sling in short sessions, even if you have to hold him up by hand until he gets used to it. Keep in mind, you should only use the sling to give your dog just enough support to help him walk or do his business. Just like any other type of physical assistance, the more your dog comes to depend on the sling, the less he will rely on his own muscles. This will only serve to exacerbate the problem. The idea is to provide the needed support while still making him use his legs and leg muscles to the best of his ability, which is far better for his overall health. If you have any questions at all, be sure to talk to your vet.

This product is Veterinarian Doctors approved!


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