Estimated to be around 4 years old, Tamana has seen the specialists at Ohio State University and has undergone many tests and evaluations. They have determined that her paralysis is permanent and that she is suitable for a cart. Tamana does have feeling in her hips and has benefited immensely from weekly water therapy & massage sessions, which have helped build muscle and stability on her 23 pound frame. Tamana (aka Tami) also walks with the assistance of a rear harness & leg braces. She typically walks 2-3x/day at about 1 mile each time. As you can see from the pics, she also enjoys the beach! She does great with car rides & loves being outdoors.
In addition to her consults at Ohio State, Tami also had a dental cleaning and surgery to remove some benign mammary lumps. Her overall blood work is excellent.
Tamana is very curious and becomes braver with every new person and activity. She is generally welcoming to other people and dogs, but sometimes she gets nervous, so we’ve learned that slow introductions are best until she is acclimated. She has also settled in nicely with her three cat siblings! Ideally, her adopter is someone who is retired or works from home and enjoys activity.
Like most dogs with paralysis, Tami is prone to UTIs and needs her bladder expressed about 3 times per day. Her adopter should plan on having urine tests done every few months to ensure there is no infection. She does not have any issues with her bowels emptying - though she cannot voluntarily control them. Tami will also benefit from her new home continuing to work on flexibility & stretching with daily 5-10 minute exercises.
We are looking to ideally place Tamana with a family in the Northeast Ohio region so that they can visit multiple times & ease the transition period. Her braces, cart & harness will all go with her to her new home. We are hopeful someone will fall for Tamana as much as we have.
Please email us with questions. We are happy to answer them! midohioawl@yahoo.
MAWL's dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, dewormed, heartworm-lyme-ehrlichia tested if old enough and up to date on vaccines prior to going to their new homes. We select our adopters through an application process. We require vet and personal references as well as a home visit. We prefer to adopt our pets to Ohio residents. An adoption donation of $175 helps to cover the costs involved.
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