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Recovery Equipment Loan

Strollers

The shock of IVDD and nursing a disabled much-loved pet is overwhelming. The advice, support, and equipment from D2D makes it all seem more bearable and doable for those going through the toughest time.

We receive messages daily from owners needing support, reassurance, and much needed equipment. We have extended what we do, both by including all U.K. disabled dachshunds, and by adding extra equipment which is essential for recovery and the dogs’ mental wellbeing, and helps the owners carry on with their lives.

STROLLERS

  • The strollers mean they can take their dachshunds outside or avoid further distressing a temporarily paralysed or strictly rested dog by moving it from room to room with them.
  • The pens help reduce movement during recovery and are less frightening than crates for dogs that are not crate-trained from the start
  • Sling walking helps owners assist dogs to exercise until they are strong enough to support themselves independently.
  • Incontinence aids are available those that need them
  • and booties to protect paws from getting sore if they drag them.

Strollers that are loaned from D2D are of the best quality (innopet), which have large air filled tyres and suspension,  to protect our precious dachshunds during recovery.

Everything is offered for a small contribution towards postage costs and when no longer required, it is forwarded on to the next family that needs it.

 

This is all possible due to the incredible support from the Dachshund community and businesses who organise walks, fundraisers, raffles, events and send donations, which helps us to buy, maintain and distribute the amazing equipment we provide. We continue to fundraise and are immensely grateful to all who support D2D with IVDD.


 

SLING WALKING /REHABILITATION DURING RECOVERY. 
💛🐾💛Beautifully demonstrated by Darcey Doolittle
Following advice and with guidance from Marianne Dorn, https://therehabvet.com/ we are now advising owners to use the sling walking method.

During recovery walk them SLOWLY with SUPPORT and with a HARNESS and LEAD to SLOW them down. This will help their back legs to work, instead of dragging themselves forwards with their front legs. Give gentle massage over muscles and joints.

Coming to a stop encourages the weight to be taken naturally on the back legs and will help strengthen the muscles. Help them to stand whilst supporting them. Use a harness and lead to slow down your recovering dog whenever outdoors. Slowing down your dog’s front end will give the hind paws a chance to “catch up” and to learn to walk again. For dogs that cannot walk, use a hindquarter sling with just enough lift to prevent the hind paws from dragging and getting damaged.
The dog’s recovery pen is his special little world complete with bedding, food, water and toys. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1552415698264050&id=695613097277652
Whenever they are outside the recovery pen, he should be in your arms or on a harness and lead.
If you can….On non-slip matting, spend a little time using your hands and the dog’s harness to support him safely in natural dog postures…standing with support, sitting with support, and laying down. Take care….don’t let your dog fall! Use your hands as guides and gentle supports. Your dog’s muscles will fatigue quickly. Encourage lots of rest between attempts at standing, etc.
Only do massage if your dog is comfortable with it. Given a good recovery pen, good sling-walking, and some help practising natural postures, dogs can get better without any massage, range of movement or other touch work. For IVDD dogs, massage is always gentle and careful…generally a stroking type of pressure rather than kneading…In addition to massage, your physio may also teach you to do “range of movement” (gently guiding the legs so that the joints fold a little and then extend) and sensory touch work (including gentle touches to help “switch on” some key muscles).
🐾SLING WALKING
🐾WALKING YOUR RECOVERING DOG
🐾IVDD DOGS WHO CAN WALK
🐾IMPORTANT RECOVERY EXERCISE- BELLA GRADE 5 (LICKIMATT)
🐾 PHYSIOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES  - MARNIE
🐾 MARNIE PART 2
🐾MARNIE PART 3
🐾CRATE REST- DAILY ROUTINE
🐾RECOVERING DOG- ADVICE FOR OWNERS

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