Max had to get things to help him maneuver around easier.
So to start things out we had to control Max's little accidents. So we got him a belly band which is a diaper for male dogs that consists of a piece of fabric that wraps around his whowhodilly, as my husband would say, with a female incontinence pad on the inside. This covers his peeing accidents but doesn't touch his number two's. I don't think I would want to contain these, just the thought of fur covered with poo, eww. I can handle occasionally stepping in a pile, one day it seemed like I was a poo magnet. Needless to say, the there really is no containment of the poo. We got him a drag bag to save his poor little legs from rug burns and it's kind of meant to be a poo collector. It was too big for him and when he is in it looks like a drunken snail. So the drag bag is practically brand new and of course nonreturnable. I don't think he liked it also because he just wants to walk on his own.
So gradually we started noticing major improvements. Max would occasionally stand on his own and when he chased after us he would get his footing on his back legs, but temporarily. I am happy to say he uses his legs so much more that you think, wow he's cured, but no. He can stand, walk, and run but it is still temporary. He still has bathroom issues and will probably always be on drugs. One drug to maintain and another for his bad days like when it rains. He needs help when he has an itch on his head because he can't get enough strength in his hind legs to make a difference. He doesn't feel his favorite scratching spot, which is where his tiny hiney and his tail meet. Heartbreaking to see such a young pup not being able to do the things he loves.
So the final thing we got him was a doggy wheelchair.
A BIG thanks to our groomer who happened to have one for her small dog. This is his favorite and just loves getting in it. He knows he's really going places when he's strapped up to that bad boy, even if it's a few houses down the street. People probably think why do we use it because his back legs are moving. Well for a few reasons like it helps keep him from falling down and it puts less stress on his back. That's a lot and we really don't want him to revert back to a point when he was bedridden.
We have come to the realization that Max will probably always wear a diaper. Also we will probably always have to pick up his poo and of course watch where we step. He almost always has to wear a shirt because it gives him comfort and he's always chilly. Also, we know that there might come a day when he won't recover if this happens again. In essence, he is and always be our baby and we will never give up on him because he deserves to be happy.
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