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6 Ways to Help Your Paralyzed Dog Live Happier

Posted January 20, 2016 in Dog Diseases & Conditions A-Z

Paralyzed Dog

Kelly Serfas, a Certified Veterinary Technician in Bethlehem, PA, contributed to this article.

Most paralyzed dogs (a.k.a. “down dogs”) have a condition affecting the spine. Others with decreased mobility include dogs who were hit by a car or with metabolic disturbances, brain conditions and severe diseases. Being unable to move or reposition can affect multiple organs. Here are some tips to help paralyzed dogs stay more comfortable:

1. Set up a small area with plenty of comfortable, clean, dry and thick padding
Not only do you want your pet to be comfortable, but also protected from damage to the skin or “bed sores.” Change the bedding when necessary to keep it dry and clean. Ideally, the area you choose would be close to where you spend most of your time. This can be a crate, a play pen or a blocked off area. You will be able to keep a close eye on your dog, and your dog will feel included in the “pack.”

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Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a board-certified veterinary surgeon and author. His traveling practice takes him all over Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey. You can visit his website at, and follow him at