Let us put your mind at ease, because your dog CAN have a great quality of life living with IVDD -- no matter whether the dog regains the ability to walk or not.
Quality of life is totally a matter of perspective. There is our human perspective; and then, there is the dog’s perspective – and they are as different as night and day. Our perspective is relatively complicated. By comparison, a dog’s perspective is surprisingly simple. A good quality of life for our dogs is:
simple. Believe it or not, how your dog gets from point A
to point B isn’t a big deal and doesn’t factor into what makes
him or her happy. Wobbly walking is fine; scooting is
good; wheels are great!
of that challenge is to manage our fear and not look at the
situation based on how WE would perceive things if it were to
happen to us. We need to keep in mind what THEY value
and help support them in their journey in life. Right
now, your dog needs your support to help them become pain free
and heal so they can resume their journey in life and the
things they value in whatever way they can.
Without pain, a dog is free to continue to get move forward in life being happy and fun-loving each and every day.
They enjoy and embrace the sheer wonder of being alive. They enjoy with gusto every single morsel of each meal. They experience delight and unequalled joy with their ears flapping happily in the wind whether they are running on their 4 legs or their 2 plus 2 wheels. Their undeterred spirit and courage displayed in their enjoyment for life are unparalleled.
Their joy of food or treats or the extra special treat of your hugs and kisses is incomparable and they don't have to be walking on all fours to appreciate those treats in life. They truly appreciate being alive to have whichever kind of treat another day.
Living life to share love is paramount for a dog. The value of those snuggles and kisses are priceless to them and their little souls are filled by the love they receive and the love they give unconditionally in return. Love knows no physical limitations.