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GingerLead Helps Chihuahua Puppy Walk Again after Brain Surgery
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"Frida was rescued from a hoarding situation with her mom and littermates when she was only a few months old. We adopted Frida
at 12 weeks old and while she was a typical puppy - loved running around and playing and chewing - we knew pretty early on she had
some health problems.
The rescue we adopted her from told us she had luxating patellas but we knew that was a common issue in Chihuahuas and weren't
too worried. When we took her for her first vet visit with us, we were surprised when the vet said her patellas were fine. As she got
older though, her puppy wobbliness got worse and she began falling over. We took her for an MRI and got the diagnosis. Frida was
born with a cyst on the back of her brain and hydrocephalus on the left side of her brain. Frida was likely born with these issues and
they could have been genetic or cause by an injury in utero.
We began treating Frida's condition medically but as her gait worsened, we discussed the possibility of surgery. When around 8
months old she woke up and couldn't stand on her own, we prepared for brain surgery to drain her cyst. She had the surgery in
December of 2015 and began a long recovery process.
That spring we took her to physical therapy including land exercises, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture. While there we saw
GingerLead slings for larger dogs but none that would fit Frida. One day before our appointment, we were browsing at the Doggie
Style across the street and found her perfect sized GingerLead.
Frida has partial and grand mal seizures and still has a lot of trouble walking. She still does exercises daily and uses a quad cart on
pavement. This gives her some mobility but because she can drag her feet, it's better for her to be on grass. Of all the things we've
used (and paid for) the GingerLead has been the best thing to keep her moving. It's relatively low touch so that it's not weighing her
down (since she's so small already the quad cart can be a bit bulky on her) and she gets to enjoy the grass. We've found a nice
harness to go with it so that it supports both her chest and waist comfortably. And it was by far the least expensive method we've
used. I only wish I had bought one sooner.
Frida will probably use the GingerLead for the rest of her life. I think it's great that dogs who are rehabbing use the leash but I also
think there are plently of special needs dogs who would benefit from using the GingerLead. Aside from giving Frida some exercise,
the Gingerlead is great for socialization. It allows her to interact with other dogs (which she loves), again without all the bulk of
something like a quad cart. The times she moves fastest in it is when she sees a dog friend on the sidewalk and is so excited to be
able to just skip right up to the dog.
Thank you so much for creating this awesome product - especially one that is affordable and can be used by a pup as small as mine
(Frida is only 4.5 pounds). We are GingerLead fans for life."
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