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Bruce Walden - 2010-01-18
Toby is our 5 yr old red dapple doxie weighing 19 lbs. He had injured his back in October. He was unable to stand or use his back legs. We took him to the Clinic within 12 hours of the symptoms. Toby was given anti-inflammatory and pain medication. Total confinement was the call for a 30 day minimum and possibly 6-8months with surgery if no improvement. My wife and I went home with little hope of recovery. We understood the confinement but how were we going to assist with Toby's daily bathroom trips? What we came up with was a real simple solution. My wife made a device that allowed us to carry Toby out and assist him when he needed to both urinate and defecate.The device allowed us to support his weight and minimize his movements with no discomfort to Toby. We kept him more in the device than in the crate. We could hang him up on the patio or a tripod I had placed in the yard. the device also allowed for him to use his back legs and as he improved we could let him bare more of his own weight. We took Toby back for a visit 2 weeks after his injury and the Veterinarians (4 in this clinic) were absolutely stunned and amazed at the device and the progress Toby had made. Toby is now on his own and running again with his friends. We have submitted for a patent at the instance of our veterinarians. The device will soon be made available but for now we are just wanting to help others.


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  • Wendy Brown - 2010-02-22
    Hi Bruce, where can I get this or can I make something simular? I have a 4 year old mini-dachshund that is 9lbs and she has injured her back. We are doing all the same things as you but not the device you spoke about. I have no interest in creating this to sell (stealing your idea) but we want to help our dog Lilly, regain her back leg use and mostly get rid of her back pain. Please contact me if you are willing to help us out. Thanks!
  • Kathy Hartline - 2010-03-21
    Hello,
    My name is kathy and I have a little Datschund dog named "oscar". For some reason he woke up with a fever and could not walk (his back legs don't work). I have not carried him to the vet because today is Sunday. I will carry him tommorrow.I love my dog very much and I Hope he will be able to walk on his own.
    Please let me know what I can do to help my little Oscar. If I lose him I will be devistated. He is only 6 years old and has a long life ahead of him. Please Help Us!!!

    Thank You
  • Jacob - 2010-08-02
    Bruce,
    My dog has suffered the same injury, with similar symptoms of not being able to walk. He cannot and will not stay confined to cage rest. I'm very interested in the device you have mentioned.
  • Irma Oliman - 2010-08-25
    My sister's doxie has this very same issue right now. He drags himself around, surgery has been recommended, but she can't afford it and doesn't have the heart to lay him down. Do you think this could help her doxie?
  • Robert Rosensteel, Jr. - 2010-09-10
    Hello, I have a 4 yo doxie that has both legs paralyzed since last night, we have taken him to the vet and they have him pumped full of meds and surgery will not financially be an option for us. The neurosurgeon wants $450 to examine, $1800 for MRI and we don't know how much for the surgery. We have chosen a course of treatment that we can afford with out vet however if this option does't work we will need to consider....well I don't want to say it. Can you provide information on your device that could possibly be of assistance and save our doxie's life. We would be very grateful for any assistance that you could provide. Thank You Bob and Sharon
  • Robert Rosensteel, Jr. - 2010-09-10
    Looking for help?
  • Kelly Blickhahn - 2010-09-17
    Please contact me so I can get that devise from you
  • kay sheppard - 2010-10-31
    hello my dashund is name jasper he to injured his back 4 weeks ago and we cant afford the surgery but i will buy anything that may bring his mobility back.... please send me more info on anything you can suggest
  • Dawn Williams - 2011-06-04
    I know this is 2011 but I have a 6 yo black min. dash who weighs 11 lbs. He just quit using his back legs one evening. Took him to vet next day and he is now on meds. I am so wore out taking him to the bathroom and holding is rear end up. Please help!!! This is day 4 and we do not see a surgery for consultation till day 6. Need some assistance.
  • Wayne/Lois Redick - 2011-07-03
    This sounds like something we would be interested in, for future use. Where would we get it and for what cost? I'm really happy that Toby is getting along fine now. Good luck with his progress.
  • Jeff - 2011-10-04
    Hi,
    I,like others here, have a similar problem and am facing having to put my dapple dauchund down. He has a slopped disc pressing on his spinal chord. We can't afford the 3- 5 K for the surgery to fix. So my vet is trying to treat him medically over the next few days looking for improvement or for possible feeling and use of his back legs. If it doesn't work do you think this device could help us take care of him at home. Would you be able to sell me one? Thanks for any advice you can give us.
  • Janet - 2011-10-13
    Oh man why didn't I see your message two weeks ago. Our Dash-approx. 6 years old came down with IVDD and was put on a DSMO drip back in March. But just had reoccurence 2 weeks ago. They tried the DMSO again but it didn't work. He had no bowel control and could only drag his hind legs. Heartbreaking. Sadly we had to put him down so he would not suffer. I am just heartbroken and really wish I had seen this sooner. Thanks for your letter and invention. Hope it helps others. And good luck w/ Toby!
  • Adria - 2012-04-25
    I have a 5 year old 4 lb chihuahua that slipped a disk in his back last October, and the vet gave me steroids and a muscle relaxer for Nacho, and told me to keep him in a crate for 6-8 weeks with the slight possibility he might get better. We followed the instructions with precision, and it was starting to seem pointless. All I had left of my beloved puppy was a dog I didnt recognize. He seemed -well high. He would sit for hours in his crate propped up with a pillow and blankets
    to keep him comfy and look completely gazed and confused about what was happening around him. After the first prescription of steroids and muscle relaxers was gone, we went back to the vet, and this time opted out of the muscle relaxers. We brought Nacho back home and decided to try therapy with him. We looked it up online and decided water therapy might work best, so, we put him in the bathtub. After weeks of that, the one last week of steroids, and a few months of working with Nacho to get the feeling back in his hind quarters, Nacho is almost back to himself. :) He was out running in the lawn today (a little unsteady/tipsy) but, nonetheless, much better. I didn't have to buy anything special except the pills and puppy pads due to him being unable
    e to control his pottying. Nacho completely amazed me with his
    determination, and I'm proud. :) He didnt have to get the multi-thousand dollar surgery the
    vet says might
  • Adria - 2012-04-25
    *** finishing last post..(my phone wouldn't let me finish!!) ***
    Ok... So I was saying the vet told me if this didn't help Nacho, the surgery would be needed to get him out of pain, then he'd need a wheelchair for dogs. Well, again, everything worked!! Hes still improving every day, and he's the proudest little guy ever! If this happens to your dog, just be committed, and keep your dogs spirit up. Don't lose faith! Give them extra love and let them know you're with them thru it all.
  • Adria - 2012-04-25
    I forgot to mention, when this all happened, Nacho jumped in my lap off the floor. Thats it.. Next thing I know, he kind of crawled up me, and started yelping. He was COMPLETELY paralyzed on his back legs (basically his mid back to his back toes) and had the most frightening look in his eyes. This is a popular thing that happens with little dogs, and its common to happen more than once if it happens the first time. Just keep them from jumping up on things no matter how small the jump. Good luck, and I hope our story has helped someone.
  • kylie - 2013-01-15
    sweet
  • cat - 2013-08-14
    We have two Dachies, a standard female named Rudi and a mini named Spud. Rudi is older and started getting stiff. She hasn't majorly hurt her back but when she stretches she would pop and crack. This concerned me. One day while roaming my local pet store I found a snack that contains Glucosomine and MSM (just like I take). Now she stretches all the way, she isn't popping anymore.
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jak - 2012-06-04
I have had two poms, Bambi and Lille. Bambi ate a sago palm seed and it destroyed her liver. She was one year old. Lille is almost four and is beautiful and very intelligent, loyal, loving, and funny. Poms need to be taught that they are not the master of the pack. They have a very strong pack instinct. They are the only small dog breed that are direct descendants of a working breed, the spitz, a sled dog. They love to get wet and easily tolerate cold. They get overheated easily and must be acclimated to long walks in the summer. Their presonality is second to none and are choosy in picking friends. They don't like loud noise or excitement. A poms perfect day is snoozing next to it's master. They follow you closely and watch you like a hawk. They are resiliant animals and don't know their size and will face off with another animal much larger than them. They are prone to be stolen as they are prized by many, but some cruel people will steal a pom and use them to train their pit bull to kill.

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  • Carmen Alexander - 2013-08-12
    I HAVE BEEN MAULED BY A DOG AND LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. How horrible to use them as a way to train another dog. They are a living being as well.
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david hunter - 2013-08-06
I've had this full blooded real red nose pit since 3 months old. Now 2 years old female full ears tail. And fertile are you telling me this breed is that rare? Biggest baby on the planet have plenty of pictures to prove it.

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sophia - 2013-08-05
One august one we saw a long haired chihuahua on the street and we got it we named it princess and it is very happy.

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Micey - 2012-11-08
Hello.. I have a 4 month old Long Haired Chihuahua girl 2.5 lbs. She is such a sweetie!! I feed her healthy dry food with every meal and add IAMs wet food almost every meal. She loves the vegetables in the food. Do you think it would be okay to boil some chicken and add steamed vegetables maybe even some steamed white rice to her plate? I don't want to mess with her stomach, but lets be honest, that wet food looks and smells disgusting!! Would appreciate your input! Thanks :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-08
    Sure you can do that.  You can add broth, little rice, little steamed veggies, little table leftovers, yogurt to the dry food.  Sure makes it taste better.  I wouldn't get to carried away though as the basic dog food has a lot of nutrition in it that is good for the pup and at 2.5 pounds a little people food goes a long way.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    mmmm.... love to be that dog!
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Jill - 2012-11-25
I rescued a 13 month long hair Chi a year ago. We named him Chico. He was advertised as being 8 pounds (big boy). Since then he has grown to 15 pounds. Vet says for his size he can be 15-17 pounds. I love him just the same. He came house broken and very lovable except he picks and chooses his friends. Only likes a couple of dogs and humans in the neighborhood and wants to kill the rest. When I am at work my Mom walks him and I fear for her falling when he meets up with someone he does not like. She spoils him when I am away. Not sure what I can do to stop this behavior...any thoughts?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    Maybe only give him a few treats every once in a while, for example, give him a new toy every 7-8 months. But, if he seems bored, then immediately get him a new toy.
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wakeelah - 2013-01-24
Gerri, I think it is the nature of these dogs to dig. I have a 10 month old long hair chi, and she digs in her bedding, my hardwood floors, and outside. Have you noticed the fox charterisic of these dogs. Foxes have holes, and yes, they dig them. I bought a cat litter box and cat litter for my foxie Brown, she enjoys digging in it and making a mess.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    I have a really old Golden Retriver that does that too. I think it's just because of the dogs instinct. Weird.
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Anonymous - 2013-08-05
Hello, I am not allowed to say my name because I am a kid and I LOVE my best friend's long haired chi. I REALLY want one and hers is SO adorable! I really want one, and I wanted an opinion on how some of you like your chi's. We live in New York, and it gets hot in the summer, and cold in the winter. We have installed heating and cooling, so I think we will be ok. I just wanted your idea of a chi and if you think we will be ok. We have a big living area and a lot of open space outside, (with no fence so a little worried) but, I go to school EVERY weekday and no one is home intil around 4:00. Will it be ok? Do you like your Chi? Thanks!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    If you really want a Chihuahua, and your parents are okay with it, I would say it would probably be fine! They do great as indoor dogs, and as long as you plan to take him/her outside after school every day to play and get exercise, your dog should be fine staying indoors while you are gone. If there is no fenced in area you won't want to take your dog outside without a leash until they are trained and you trust them to listen to you.
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Katelynn - 2013-08-05
Okay so in the message it says beef is not recommended for a chihuahua and poultry is better but my chihuahua is really allergic to poultry, like chicken and turkey. Should I try switching him over to chicken or should I keep him on beef?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    If he is allergic to chicken I wouldn't switch him over to it! It might be a good idea to ask a vet what the optimal diet would be for him.
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Trinette - 2012-10-22
Hello folks, I have what I suspect is a Chug. His name is Benji. A of a friend of mine needed to rehouse him and I accepted. I believe him to be about a year old but I'm not sure. I have a 13 yr. old female black pug that is blind in one eye and going blind in the other. He is a bit much for her but they are learning to get along. I can tell he is very intelligent and learns quickly. I'm looking forward to many years of bonding with him. As he is unaltered I wonder if this will be a problem for him or if neutering is best. I believe in neutering my animals as I am not a breeder nor want to be an accidental one. My pug is spayed so no accidents here. He doesn't hump people and has figured out that my pug doesn't want to be humped for dominance or pleasure. Thank you for your earlier comments about your chugs.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-23
    I think it is always good to spay/neuter a pet if you aren't intending to breed.  The two pups should bond and get along quite well and I think you will find the Chug will lead the Pug around helping with the lack of sight which is a good thing.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-09
    We just got a chug a week ago and she keeps biting and nibbling. How do I reduce the nibbling and biting?
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