Degenerative Myelopathy or CDRM Support Group. Go to http://www.mzjf.com
Syringohydromyelia or Arnold Chiari type illness
Found in young Cavaliers, Blenheims, Maltese terriers, Yorkies and Chihuahuas. Symptoms appear at seven or eight months old – reflex scratching, uncoordinated movements, pain in the back as a slipped disc. This needs a specialist diagnosis with a milogram and a MRI scan. A website for information about Syringomyelia is: http://sm.cavaliertalk.com There’s an internet support group for owners at: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/ArnoldChiari_dogs
Help with amputee dogs. Three Happy Paws at http://threehappypaws.co.uk/
Deaf Dogs. a website where you can find advice and help. A must for those with deaf dogs. http://www.deafdogs.com
Disabled Animals Club .http://disabledanimalsclub.wordpress.com
Blind Dog training http://blinddogtraining.com/
Hygiene pants, made by Interpet, can be ordered from pet shops. They are really for bitches in season but can be useful for incontinent dogs. Also from www.luxwaycanine.com
Car seat covers and helping hand harness are available from http://www.overthetop.co.uk
Washable warm bedding -Vetbed and chair covers http://www.petlifeonline.co.uk
Ramps for old pets are available from http://www.easyanimal.co.uk Be careful to choose one which is not wobbly and has no sharp edges.
Boots for dogs. Paw Ideas boots are stocked by http://www.petplanet.co.uk Look under dog apparel.
Pad protectors, boots, towelling rugs (for drying elderly dogs), all in one suits (for contact-allergic dogs) http://www.countrymun.com
Raised eating bowls. These help dogs with bad backs, gastric torsion etc. http://www.luxwaycanine.com
Wheelchairs (carts) for dogs with paralysed back legs, lift harnesses, boots, nappies (diapers). K9 Karts website gives details of agents worldwide, http://www.k9carts.com
Collars for recovery from surgery. Elizabethan or lampshade plastic collars can be harsh for cats and dogs. Ask your vet about the Trimline or the Buster inflatable collar. Or make you own – details here. There’s a German site sells nice protective clothing here. Take a look. If your cat/parrot/dog is having to wear a collar for longer than a couple of weeks, you need further help from a vet or a behaviour expert. It’s not right to keep an animal in this way for too long.
Protective eye wear for dogs with pannus (eye condition for German shepherds and others), dogs at high altitude or search and rescue dogs working in dust etc. Doggles – http://www.doggles.com/why_doggles
Lifting harnesses and carts, http://www.dogmobile-online.com Good range of helping harnesses for dogs unsteady on their feet and carts for those with paralysed back legs.
Bad backs. Animals have to be referred by a vet for back treatment. Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy http://www.acpat.org or Society of Osteopaths in Animal Practice – www.uksoap.org.uk .
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All normal safety precautions should be taken when dealing with animals. The advice in this section should be taken only at the owner’s own risk. All sick animals should be seen by a vet.
General advice of the kind found in this website is no substitute for an individual consultation with a vet or qualified behaviourist working on a vet’s referral.