Helping paralyzed pup walk again

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A Harrison County veterinary hospital is giving back to the community one animal at a time.

Shadow can’t eat or walk on his own and can barely move, but he still has a fighting spirit. Jason Gulas, a veterinarian at Fur Baby’s Veterinary Hospital, tells News 25 Shadow got into a fight with another dog when he escaped from his home. “He got attacked by a dog and fractured one of his cervical vertebrae. He is not necessarily paralyzed, but he can’t move. He does have some reflexes going on as far as being able to move his legs and stuff, but he can’t stand up. He can’t move. He had some pretty bad infections when he came in.”

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Shadow has not been neutered, which the owner of Fur Baby’s Alice Xenachis says is a reason he might have run away from his owners. “Anytime there are in-tact males or females they have an increased tendency to run off and go looking for a mate. So that does increase the likelihood of them being hit by a car as well as to go missing.”

After learning about Shadow ‘Just Cause Rescue’ reached out to Fur Baby’s to see if they could help the dog because his owners couldn’t afford all of the treatments and couldn’t properly treat his injuries. “We just always like to help rescues because they are just people in the community who are trying to help other people and we know what it’s like to not have the funds to not be able to care for animals.”

Now the vets at Fur Baby’s are taking every step they can to make Shadow healthy again. One way they are doing this is by using acupuncture and laser treatments. “With acupuncture we are helping with increasing his nerves so the nervous system can remember the function of the rest of the body. Acupuncture is a little different than traditional medicine because there are a lot of meridians that we focus on and things that were not taught in traditional vet school.”



If you would like to help Shadow get back on his feet you can donate to Fur Baby’s Veterinary Hospital.