Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Dachshund uses a wheel-chair, rehabilitates

POPO, the wire-haired dachshund had both bad and good luck in his first five years of life. One year ago, he jumped from a sofa, hitting hard against the edge of a table.

Popo the Dachshund(Source: Sme, Martin Pavelek)

Nobody could foresee that this seemingly banal injury would have grave consequences. In a few days, Popo’s life was in danger, the Sme daily wrote.

“The next day, he started to shake and had uncontrollable movements,” the dog’s owner Ivana Božoňová said. She decided to see a vet who diagnosed a displaced disc which put pressure on the spinal cord. The vet recommended surgery – and then, Popo’s good spree began.

His owners went to Brno, paid €600 for the surgery – still without any guarantee of the result – being told that without the surgery, the dachshund would die.

However, Popo is partially lame also after the surgery: “I train with him every hour, ten times a day,” his owner said. “He does not want to; I have to force him. He is wily – he likes me to tend to him and nurse him but when he sees a female, he runs so quickly that I cannot chase him.”

Popo has assistance in the form of a tailor-made wheelchair where his hind can rest so that his paws touch the ground. Doctors said that the contact with ground stimulates his reflexes and can help train his spine for walking. “A dog allegedly does not have to have brain and back part connected through spinal cord to be able to have a reflexive walk,” Božoňová told Sme.

Her family wants to use the help of a specialized clinic in Prešov where Popo will be treated by rehab experts. “He has sensation in his paws because when I tickle him, he reacts and moves them,” dog owner says. “In the beginning of a walk, he is able to walk for five to ten minutes; then he gets tired and lets his legs hang. But we are happy also with the small progress. We do not give up, we fight.”

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Czech PM files lawsuit against Slovakia at ECHR

Czech Premier Andrej Babiš sues his homeland in the European Court for Human Rights in connection with records proving his collaboration with the communist-era secret police.

Andrej Babiš

Revitalised industrial building offers work, entertainment and housing

Mlynica is an excellent example of successful conversion of unused industrial building.

Mlynica

Youngest Slovak village is a "communist dream come true” Photo

Dedina Mládeže (The Youth Village) was a mere experiment during the communist era. Now, the still inhabited village has morphed into an open-air museum.

Dedina Mládeže

What are the reasons behind low wages in Slovakia?

The average wage costs per Slovak employee accounts for only 44 percent of the EU average.