Six-month-old GoldenDoodle Lucy has paralysis of her hind end and loss of bladder and bowel function.
A few weeks ago, Lucy was a normal happy-go-lucky puppy who traveled around Ontario with her loving family. All this changed, during a routine spay surgery. Lucy became paralyzed. This absolute sweetheart of a dog is no longer able to walk let alone run. The Neurologist believes Lucy may have suffered a stroke during the operation,
Lucy’s family adored her and did as much as they could for her. The requirements of caring for Lucy became too much for the family. Euthanasia was suggested but the family knew this was not an option for their full spirited little girl, and they made the painful decision to find her a home with someone that can provide the necessary care, and work with Lucy in the hope of building her strength and mobility.
That home is with Melyssah DeVrye, an amazing young woman whose love for dogs is apparent. Melyssah’s other dog Wheeler is not paralyzed but does require the use of a wheelchair. Wheeler has a neurological disorder that limits the use of his back legs. Melyssah is determined to do everything she can to ensure Wheeler and Lucy, receive the treatment they need. Melyssah first learned about Lucy through a post on Facebook. At the time, there weren’t any rescue organizations able to take Lucy and due to her needs, Lucy needed to be in a home environment with constant care. Someone, aware of Melyssah’s experience (with Wheeler), tagged her in the post.
Melyssah met with Lucy and her family. Because of her experience with disabled dogs, the family trusted Melyssah and knew she would be able to provide the support Lucy’s needed. The support that is essential for a successful outcome. Lucy’s future mobility.
Melyssah describes Lucy’s will and determination: “I play with her, I take her out, we do in home physio-therapy including stretches and general movements such as standing. My other dogs help too, as not only does Lucy play and cuddle with me, she plays with the other dogs too. She’s a happy dog. Lucy loves everyone and all animals she meets. I do not see any signs of depression in her what so ever she’s full of ‘spunk’ and always wants to play.
When asked what is involved with caring for a dog in Lucy’s condition Melyssah explains, “I do her bladder 3-4 times a day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon, again in the evening and later at night. As for her bowels, I know they need doing because she’ll toot or start sniffing her bottom. I regularly check for UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) as she is prone to them. I also keep her private areas clean to avoid urine burns or rashes. Lucy can only eat half of what a puppy her size would be recommended to eat. Half a cup has been recommended. She requires less food as she is not as active as other dogs her size due to her limited mobility. It is important that Lucy does not become overweight.
Lucy will be going for a rehab consultation at the 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. The rehabilitation centre is known as Bailey’s place. The team at the hospital are in Lucy’s corner and are taking direct donations to assist with Lucy’s treatment. To make a contribution, please contact the 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. Let the team know you would like to support Melyssah DeVrye and Lucy.
Our present goal is to provide Lucy with rehabilitation, in-depth physio and hydro-therapy, and a drag bag to decrease sores on her legs and bottom. Ultimately, we aim to get Lucy walking again. We realize her left leg may not produce great results. However, we are confident her right leg will start working again. Since I’ve been working with Lucy, doing the physiotherapy stretches it is apparent she has gained some feeling in her right leg and she moves it whenever I pinch her toes.
Melyssah is beyond grateful for donations, no matter the amount – every penny counts. Lucy is a typical puppy despite this setback. She is full of life, and as a puppy, Lucy longs to run and play. Lucy recently received a Ruff Rollin wheelchair for outside time; a donation from Mango on a Mission.
Our plan for Lucy is to get her back onto her feet walking again as best she can! She WILL walk again she WILL run again, she WILL chase a ball!
I had the opportunity to meet Melyssah, Lucy, and Wheeler and watch the pups in action, on their wheels. Lucy is a very spirited young dog. After seeing her in action, I have no doubt Lucy will work through this challenge and (hopefully) walk again. In the meantime, she clearly enjoys the mobility she has gained through the use of her new wheels.
Christmas is just around the corner; please contribute to Lucy’s future and help make her puppy wishes come true.