swimmer puppy disorder“, causes dogs to lie flat on their chests with the legs perpetually sprawled out. Most dogs afflicted with it don’t survive.Harper’s disorder, commonly called “
Within hours of taking Harper home Daniel noticed a difference. She
massaged the puppy’s tight muscles, hoping to relieve some of her pain.
It worked. Harper lifted her head and looked around. Her front legs also
became more limber. Daniel quickly canceled Harper’s appointment to be
euthanized and instead made an appointment with a veterinarian at the
University of Florida.
The good news is the things they worried she might suffer from such
as degenerative bone disease, brain abnormalities and a severe heart
murmur were not to be found in this pup.
Her story quickly spread and when the people at the Hip Dog Canine
Hydrotherapy and Fitness in Winter Park, Fla., heard about her they
decided to donate free hydrotherapy and massage therapy to the puppy.
The water therapy has been so effective that she’s now able to walk on grass, carpet and concrete. Daniel said she still struggles with hardwood floors and tile.
Sniff, sniff. But what a happy ending!
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