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    05-09-2012, 07:20 PM
I have two special needs dogs. Oscar and Penelope.

Oscar, a 12yr old Chihuahua mix, has luxating patellas in his hind legs and has epilepsy. His seizures are incredibly scary to watch, poor boy. He chewed through an electrical cord as a puppy when he was staying with my in-laws, and I often wonder if that was the culprit. We're just careful about paying with him as any bump to the head seems to trigger a seizure.

Our other dog, Penelope (aka Miss P), is a 3 yr old Chihuahua who has a luxating patella and severe allergies. She's been diagnostically tested and the allergy print out is 3 pages long, which includes all grasses and trees! She did have surgery on her knee (very expensive) but it didn't help despite the long, long, slow recovery process.

We try to walk the dogs every day, or second day, at the right pace for them not to 'skip' and properly use their knees. We also take them swimming in the summer.

As for Miss P's allergies, we always have baby Benadryl, an allergy cream, and a head cone on hand. She has a strict diet of potato and duck kibble and treats.

My husband and I love them both. Oscar came to Canada with us from Australia (so did our Cornish Rex) and Penelope came into our lives after we moved here. She was passed over at the SPCA and given a final chance through a small dog rescue. We were her foster family and fell in love, needs and all. Here's a quick pic of Miss P the other day when she got into the forbidden grass clippings. Note the neon green feet and guilty face.
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    05-09-2012, 07:21 PM
Green Broke
My special needs kid isn't a furbaby but a feathered one. Herbie is a blue and gold macaw who is blind in one eye and has a fused wing. I was told when he was a baby his first owner put him on a top perch in a large cage before he was ready. He fell to the bottom and had to be taken to a university for his care. I'm his third owner and he is now 12-13 years of age. He's been with me for almost 2 years now. Needless to say he is a very spoiled boy who feels he should be the center of attention!

You can see his missing eye in this one...

Blushing! He blushes when he gets really excited or he's happy I'm giving him a lot of attention.
    05-09-2012, 07:27 PM
What a beautiful macaw!
    05-09-2012, 07:31 PM
Green Broke
    05-09-2012, 07:35 PM
Originally Posted by aldebono    
I have a 3 year old female Opossum named Beatrix who was attacked by a dog when she was a baby. We believe the dogs crushed her pelvis, so she is practically paralyzed, even though she still has feeling.

She wore a diaper because when she was younger she would have to go more often and I wasn't home enough to see that she was "pottied" (think what you do with all baby mammals). But now she is older and can old it and we rarely have a mess.

Some facts about Opossums.

They are the shortest lived mammal for their size. Average life span is 2 years in the wild, 4 in captivity.

They can travel 2 miles per night looking for food.

They are immune to venomous snake bites, and rabies. Their body temperature is too low for the virus.

They are the only native marsupial to North America!

They have thumbs on their back feet, and instead of hanging by their tail, they use it more like a seat belt when climbing.

Opossums can not jump!

As a baby

The sweet face that I get to see every night when she wakes up and expects her food.

Please no comments about "rats" or EPM. She is my furbaby.

OMG YOUR SO LUCKY I WANT AN OPOSSUM SO BAD. This video just makes me die...
    05-09-2012, 09:34 PM
Baby Opossums are the cutest. Hands down.

As everyone here knows, the special needs ones are a LOT of work and take an amazing amount of foresight to tell what they will get into or hurt on.
    05-09-2012, 09:56 PM
Green Broke
I have two, "lightly" special needs dogs. Both were from a local rescue. Lily can't have grain, at all... projectile both ends for weeks :( She is purely on special food but I'm starting to think it might be cheaper to just buy her different meat takeaways from our butcher, cook them up and give them to her.

Pablo is a Boxador (Boxer Lab mix) from the same rescue. He was there for a year as a puppy and it took him a while to learn how to be a dog. He also gets Placid Tail Syndrome (that's what it's actually called). It mainly affects him when the weather suddenly gets cold. The base of his tail swells and leaves his tail literally paralized for a week or more. It's very painful so we have to get him pain medication and prednisone each time. We are very careful to let him gradually get used to cold weather but it doesn't always work when Lily begs him to come outside and play in the snow with her.

Lily is the black and Pablo is the Brindle

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    05-09-2012, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ClaPorte432
^^^ poor puppy. How sad. So many problems in such a short time...

Yeah, poor Conner's had a rough go at it! I've often wondered if we're doing him a disservice by prolonging his life, since there is no doubt that even if he has no pain now, he will later- but every day that I see the happiness that he displays, I know we've made the right choice...atleast for now!

Writer- poor little ones! Out of curiousity though, do either of your dogs (well obviously one doesnt, since theres a picture of it) have trouble sitting? When Connor sits, his knees are all whacky and one leg folds completely under his body (usually his left one, since its weaker) and he sits a lot like I picture a woman sitting. Cross legged. He can't sit with his butt on the ground and both knees up like it should be. I don't know if that's a result of his LP or of Wobblers though, so I was wondering if your guys had that problem at all.
    05-09-2012, 10:37 PM
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Oh, almost forgot. If horses, count, we also have a severe dwarf named Little Feather. He's 14 years old and absolutely precious! Poor guy is the worst color too, and has such twisted legs that he really can't even canter.

He's king of the farm though!
    05-10-2012, 01:42 AM
Endiku, yes Oscar (who has LP in both legs) definitely has a difficult time sitting, poor bugger. Not quite like you describe (crossed) but his butt doesn't come close to the ground. Otherwise his legs don't seem to bother him, but I don't let either dog jump up or down on the couch, bed, etc. We're all about minimizing risk at our house!
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