My dog Otis is 14 years old and has recently begun having problems with his hind legs. We live in a 1,000 sq ft condominium in Chicago, which consists primarily of hardwood floors. Otis has been unable to climb stairs for the past year, but recently has also been having problems preventing himself from falling down. This has presented a very difficult problem for us and we were hoping someone could assist.
I thought the original problem with Otis falling down was due to the hardwood floors. I purchased some rubber "gloves" for his paws that he has been wearing around the house. This has been very helpful in preventing him from slipping. Having said that, he continues to fall down for other reasons. He has a hard time maintaining his balance, and whenever he falls down he needs my assistance in getting back up.
I am not home all of the time...so I have come home to find him laying in the middle of the floor crying because he can't get up. It is very sad. I have tried putting him in a cage while I am away to prevent this from happening...but he hates the cage and cries for hours. I am at a loss for what to do.
I have contacted my vet as well as a specialist about the possibility of purchasing "wheels" for Otis to use. This would prevent him from losing his balance.....but was told those are only to be used outdoors.
Has anyone else experienced this kind of problems with their pug? I don't plan to put Otis down, but his quality of life is really suffering due to his condition. I want to help him as much as possible.....I am wondering if anyone knows of "wheels" I could use for Otis (indoors), or if the only option is to keep him in the cage while I am away?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I have never seen a happy outcome to wheels. However, I have seen good results from laying a 'path' of rough rubber matting from the food dish to where ever he goes. It is sold in affordable rolls at Lowe's and will help him keep his independence as much as possible for as long as he can.
Thanks for the info. I appreciate all of the feedback.
Oh no....poor little puggers....but they maybe something to help inside....not sure why the wheelchair wouldn't work inside if you have mostly hardwood floors.....keep us posted....and we will all hope for the best!
I have a 14 year old at home, too, and I know how heartwrenching it can be to see them stumble.
As someone else suggested, I have put runners throughout my house so that her chances of slipping are at a minimum, and I keep a baby gate at the bottom of my stairs so that she cannot go up them and then fall down them when we are gone.
I SO know what you are going through! I wish I could bring my girl to work with me everyday so that I would know she was safe. But, I cannot do that. We can only safeguard what we have when we are not there.
Good luck, and I hope your little one stays safe!
I also wanted to add that I have purchased "wheels" for my girl, and they are sitting in my basement! I went to a holistic vet and she said to me that the minute I begin to start using those is the minute my girl will start losing hope! I have taken those words to heart and have not used them with her at all, and she is doing well. I have thought about donating them to a rescue that needs them for a paralized dog that *really* needs them!
Last edited by Ling; 01-14-2011 at 12:14 AM.
Stacy & Mai Ling
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
~George Bernard Shaw
I know several pugs with wheels and they all use them indoors & out.
I have a 13 1/2yr old that has gotten "very" wobbly over the last year.(bad rear knees) He also has started to potty inside which he never ever did before. That's expected he's getting old. It does break my heart though.
I also have a 9yr old that was born with a severe spinal deformity and about 2yrs ago has lost all use of his rear legs. I have always thought about a cart but not sure if he's strong enough in his front end for one.
Wasabi, my baby boy will (hopefully) be 15 on April 7th. His little brother, Yoshi, was 9 when he passed in June 2009 of AIHA. I noticed Yoshi was ill on a Wednesday afternoon; he passed at home tucked under my side of the bed early Sunday morning. We tried everything medically possible in those 4 1/2 days (blood transfusions, exploratory surgery, oxygen tents, multiple transfers between the vet to the vet hospital) to save him, but nothing changed the outcome. The realization that we caused him more pain (the huge exploratory surgery incision) in his last days still physically hurts my heart and brings on the tears. After this happened, I swore that I would never put another through this again. I took Wasabi to the vet yesterday. The vet found 3, possibly 4, tumors along with inflammation of the lungs and esophogeal area. Wasabi will not be with us for much longer. How long, she could not say. I asked how I would know when it was time? She could only tell me that "we would know". Wasabi has a good appetite and his tail still curls and wags at the sound of my voice. But, I think when he looks up at me and sees the tears in my eyes, he knows our time together is short. I hope I have the courage to help him along, if he needs me to. I wish you compassion, courage and strength in making your decision too.
Hurts my heart to hear of so many sweet Pugs & their people going thru so much....it is just the hardest thing when they get sick and/or old....I have been there with my pets, as well, so I know what it feels like. I'm thinking of all of you who have pets who are struggling, and sending along hugs & prayers. Rugbysmom
I see you're in Chicago
I have a wonderful chiropractor who I think could help.
My Junior started going to him when he had trouble jumping up and going up stairs....turns out it was a jammed up disk in his neck....after 1 treatment he was going up stairs again. He continued to go for routine maintenance, and it extended/enhanced the quality and quantity of his life.....
would you want to give it a try? if so I can post his info or you can pm me if you want
Stephanie, pugmom to Louie Livewire, born 3/15/06
and my 4 angels waiting at the bridge....
the very special Junior, my pug angel who is doing agility at the rainbow bridge 11/22/91 - 3/13/06
the very special Danny, my first dog, a Dandie Dinmont Terrier 4/5/70 - 2/10/84
the very special Paddy, the pug who was loved around the world, who my family had the pleasure and honor of loving for the last 3 years and 5 months 5/1/98 - 8/6/14
the very special Frannie, the tiniest baby girl pug we ever knew - came into our lives 12/18/16 - 6/26/21
I cannot help in a pragmatic way, but I do send my prayers. It is overwhelming, that sadness. It is so hard to be selfless and help a furbaby to move along when we want them to stay. I have tried to be happy for their sake and break down elsewhere. God bless y'all.
Happy pug mom of Arthur, Junior, Bobbi Beans, Wednesday, our absolutely crazy 1-1/2 year old Apple, and 2 sweet Rottweilers, Zacko and Jada Jingle Ding!
In memory of our sweet and sassy Annie Girl, November 11, 2001-September 22, 2010
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