“Budge now swims completely unaided and is starting to walk a few shaky, hesitant steps”

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Budge is a miniature, wire-haired daschund, almost seven years old. About two months ago a calcified spinal vertebra resulted in total paralysis of the hind quarters and incontinence.

Emergency surgery, vitamin supplements and a number of weeks of anxious waiting produced no improvement whatsoever. Then my vet suggested swimming sessions at ‘Therapaws’ in Siddlesham. I was sceptical, believing the dog’s spinal cord to be damaged beyond repair but willing to try anything by the this time.

That was three weeks ago, with three swims a week. Budge now swims completely unaided and is starting to walk a few shaky, hesitant steps on all four legs and the incontinence is considerably reduced. For a normally nervous dog, it is remarkable the way he has taken to his swimming lessons. I am now much more confident that Budge will very soon be able to go for proper walks with his brother and me.

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