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Lants



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Tron has a wheelchair! (updated with happy pics)  Reply with quote  

Some of you older forumers might remember Jaws and Tron my two dogs.

Tron was recently paralysed (possibly by a groomer, although they deny it). Basically she went to the groomer. She was 100% fine when she went in. She came home quiet and sulky. The next morning her back legs were trembling. We took her to the vet who gave her pain killers and an anti-inflammatory injection. The next morning she could not walk at all. Crazy stuff.

It's now 48 days since her last surgery.

She is still not able to walk or to go to the toilet unassisted. She does physio at home everyday and hydrotherapy at the clinic once / twice a week. We are really hopeful that she will walk again. We have a few more months before we have to make the decision to get her a wheelchair or not.

Some of you will find this really lame. Sorry. It's a pretty big deal in my life right now so I am kind of venting.




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Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:32 am
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AdamBomb



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Man...that's terrible. What would the groomer have to do to cause this? Force its legs or something while trimming the nails? The video breaks your heart. Showed my wife this and now she's crying.

I commend you for taking the dog in for surgery and looking into the wheelchair option. I don't know if it is a southern cultural thing down here, but a lot of people would have put the dog down because of the hassle involved with the "toilet" and attention the dog would need. I've had a couple family members work at vet clinics and you would be surprised at how low the threshold is for a lot of owners to put dogs down. You can see the little dude is still spunky and happy, so I think its awesome the dog has you as an owner. Good luck...hope Tron gets better.
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:39 am
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anomaly
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damn man, that's heartbreaking. I couldn't imagine that happening to one of my dogs. They really do grow into being a member of the family.

If anything from that video though, doesn't look like Tron is letting it get her down. Looks like a less mobile, but not at all sad dog.

Is contacting the BBB and filing a complaint (and possibly seeing if there have been other complaints filed) against the groomer an option?
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:42 am
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icarus502
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I've been following this in various social media. It's really sad. I'm touched by the depth of your commitment, Lants. Wish things were better.
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:57 am
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seandaley
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tried to watch the clip without tears.
dang. couldn't do it.
i'm sorry for you & tron doggie.
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:12 am
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Going from the comments here I don't think I can watch this clip. But I'm sorry to hear about this..
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:24 am
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Poor lil guy :(

Good luck with everything.
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:36 am
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ROTTY



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Hey i know exactly what your going through. My old Rotty luca had a back injury that paralysed her from waist down.

One of the harder things i have had to deal with was the rehab. I watched her dignity deteriorate a little everyday. She would pee her herself, watch her brother play, smell the pub on him. I would come down stairs in the night to her constant whimpering. Unfortunately her lungs collapsed on her due to further spinal damage and she died. That wont happen to your dog. You have to bare in mind Luca was a rottweiler carrying a lot more weight than Tron and her spine was bad from the start with a bad injury to boot.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing tho, especially if you can help someone else. If i could go back I would have made adjustments to the therapy, I would have read her body language better, changed my attitude, not mope or feel sad when i was around her.

Since then i have become a dog behaviour specialist/trainer so if you need any advice or comforting tips. email me with any questions at cutlergukatyahoo.co.uk

Stay positive.
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:00 am
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ROTTY



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Watched the video in full. It tells me more about your way of thinking compared to Trons right now. Email me.
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:16 am
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Lants, I can't watch the video (greens out on me), but I have also been following this on facebook. I absolutely admire your dedication to Tron. I don't think I could be that strong. My thoughts are with you on this and I hope for the best.
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:30 am
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That is heartbreaking. Best wishes.
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:39 am
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Limbs



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anomaly wrote:
Is contacting the BBB and filing a complaint (and possibly seeing if there have been other complaints filed) against the groomer an option?


I'm curious about this too. Do the vets have any theories to what happened?
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:43 am
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I'm really sorry to hear that. I know how that feels, I've been through similar stuff with my old dog. Hope Tron will get better. Best wishes!
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:59 am
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That's got to be such a difficult thing to have to go through, your dog is lucky to have someone that cares so much for her. and her recovery.

I hope that if in fact this was a result of a groomer's carelessness/recklessness that they pay the consequences for their actions.

I got a hopeful vibe watching your dogs in the video and wish you the best.
Post Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:40 pm
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Damn, that's terrible. Good luck your pup and the whole situation. I'm glad the dog has a dedicated owner.
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