|Barked: Sun Jun 3, '12 1:32am PST |
If it is DM, there’s not much that can be done. On the other hand it may not be DM and swimming is a very good way of retaining the muscle mass. The problem is that after three days of immobilisation, you start getting muscle wastage, which I guess you are already seeing.
The answer may not be the wheels. The wheels are really good if the dog cannot use their legs at all. The problem is you don’t know what your baby has yet. The ruffwear harness is great but it isn’t really designed specifically for mobility. It’s like using a pencil to write on a CD instead of using a CD marker pen, which is designed for that specific purpose.
A better harness designed specifically for dog mobility is the Dogaids harness, which uses your own body weight to support your dog. It has adjustable handles at both the front and rear of the dog harness and a separate human harness that you wear over your shoulders. To attach both the dog and walker, there’s an adjustable lead that clips onto both the human harness and the dog harness. This harness is designed so that your legs and body support the weight of your dog. The fact the handles are adjustable is really great as this means that you don’t have to keep bending down and you can stand in an upright position.
By using this harness, you can walk further and in turn this should help retain the muscle mass. If you have the internet, its at – ‘Dogaids.com’ and you’ll be able to buy off them directly. They also post worldwide at no extra cost.
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