Edgar was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM) almost a year ago, which is unfortunately common among the corgi breed. DM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord which begins with the loss of coordination in the hind limbs. While there is no known cure, a lot can be done to strengthen the front end and keep the dog more comfortable as the disease progresses.
Edgar joined the IPC family earlier this Summer when his mom was exploring ways to help keep him strong. He met with Dr. Zenoni and Emma to create a specific treatment plan which included twice weekly underwater treadmill and laser sessions. His parents were also taught some exercises to do at home and some adjustments were made to his cart to keep him cruising comfortably (and in style)!
“Although DM often feels like a terrible curse, it has bonded he and I together in a way that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise”
-Laura, Edgar’s mom
Edgar’s strong personality makes him a therapist favorite around IPC, even though he’s been known to herd them around the room! He loudly announces himself when he rolls through our door and then impatiently waits for his therapist to get him. Once he’s in the underwater treadmill though its down to business (as long as peanut butter is involved). After walking for almost 20 minutes, it’s off to the laser room to address some painful areas in his back.
It was clear early on that Edgar’s family was willing to go the extra mile to keep him happy and mobile, but they have met some challenges along the way. The biggest issue for his mom is keeping herself strong and healthy so that she can carry him when needed (much to his dismay, of course). She also has to stay on her toes to keep this busy guy interested. Edgar gets bored walking the same old routes, so Laura takes him to new neighborhoods and parks constantly so he can see and smell new things!
“Integrative is a perfect mix of professionalism, knowledge, experience and kindness. I’m very impressed with the facility, but it’s the people that work there who are most impressive. Edgar adores his therapists and would be happiest if he could move into the facility to be the office dog!”
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Edgar has asked us to tell you about One Tail at a Time.
OTAT is a no-kill, 501(c)3 all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need; comprehensive support of adopters; and community outreach through humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families.