Harley's Comeback Story: Overcoming Spinal Fractures and Finding Freedom
Updated: Mar 15
Let me tell the story of Harley's journey from losing the use of her legs to regaining mobility.
Harley was always a happy and very active dog, but one day, she started staying off by herself. Her owner didn't think much of it and assumed she just needed some space. However, things took a turn for the worse when Harley refused to come out of her favorite spot in the yard and wouldn't move even for mealtime. Her owner knew something was seriously wrong when she saw Harley struggling to stand up and dragging herself around because she couldn't use her back legs.
As they rushed to find a veterinarian that could see her right away, the prognosis wasn't looking good. The vet informed them that Harley had hairline fractures in her spine, and the gloom and doom speech began. The vet even attempted to shame Harley's owner, suggesting that her dog's condition was a result of her not feeding her properly or preventing her from getting diseases.
Harley's owner was angry and upset that the vet would be so quick to suggest putting her down and shame her as a pet owner. Instead of giving up, she was determined to help her furry friend recover. She ordered a sling to help Harley move around and sought the help of a certified naturopath who suggested remedies and provided support.
After two months of hard work, Harley began to move around more on her own, although still wobbly. They continued using the naturopath's remedies, and soon Harley was walking again. However, her fur was still not growing back, and she would gnaw on it to the point of bleeding. Her owner tried everything from supplements to salves, but nothing seemed to work.
That's when they began to suspect nerve damage from her spine, so they started daily massages with a massage gun. Harley's muscles twitched like crazy during the sessions, but after a few weeks, her fur began to grow back. Her tail still had a long way to heal, but it was making progress. They continued with daily massages, and soon Harley was mobile and almost wound-free.
Harley's journey was a testament to her owner's determination and love for her furry friend. Despite the initial prognosis, she never gave up and tried everything in her power to help Harley recover. And in the end, their hard work paid off as Harley regained her mobility and her fur began to grow back.
Harley is my dog and holds a special place in my heart. I felt compelled to share her story in the hope that it may aid fellow pet parents facing similar challenges.
Despite my love for my furry companions, I'm no perfect pet parent. The guilt I felt for not noticing Harley's injury sooner still lingers. With seven dogs to care for and work responsibilities, I hesitated to overreact.
Through this experience, I've learned that I need to help pet owners realize that they are their pets' advocates. Don't let veterinary professionals shame you for treating your dog naturally and holistically. Research alternative treatments and seek the opinion of other veterinarians, including holistic ones, when faced with a poor prognosis. Certified naturopaths can be a huge blessing as well It's imperative to explore all options to ensure your pet receives the best possible care.
Dogs possess incredible resilience and are remarkable creatures. I hope Harley's story inspires you to realize that you aren't alone and together we can advocate for our furry companions.
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Certified Naturopath Tammy Doak
Some of the products/brands used to help Harley:
Frozen Personalized Meals For Your dog