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Post  Rebecca and the Pugs on 6/15/2011, 9:00 am

I know many of you have dealt with mobility issues with your pugs. Peachy has had decreased mobility since her seizures. She has a broken hip that was never set, and that is not helping. She can no longer steady herself on her feet without help. When she is able to walk, she walks with really loose hips. Both of her back feet are knuckling. When her back legs give out, she just sits in her slump, or tries to drag herself. I have put throw rugs and yoga mats in her favorite routes on the hardwood floors to give her more traction. I have water bowls in her favorite places so she doesn't have to move to far for water. I have to hold her steady when she has a bowel movement because she has difficulty keeping herself up.

It is just so hard to see them decline so rapidly.
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Post  sallyandtilly on 6/15/2011, 9:39 am

I wish I could offer you words of advice, but I can only sympathize. It's so very hard when they reach that part of their life. Bless you for loving her and helping her so much.
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Post  northernwitch on 6/15/2011, 10:00 am

sallyandtilly wrote:I wish I could offer you words of advice, but I can only sympathize. It's so very hard when they reach that part of their life. Bless you for loving her and helping her so much.
Ditto. Mobility issues are hard for me as I end up worrying about the dogs a lot.

You've been a God send to her, Rebecca and she's come through so much with your love and help.
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Post  Tyson&LuLu'sMom on 6/15/2011, 11:35 am

I'm so sorry, Rebecca. You and Peachy are both in my thoughts.
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Post  dieselsmom on 6/15/2011, 1:06 pm

Rebecca, it is very hard to see them decline and struggle to get around and be mobile. Sounds like you've already done everything I would suggest - yoga mats are fabulous for traction on hardwood! The one good thing about pugs with mobility issues is that they're small, so you can easily carry them around.

Many hugs to you and Peachy.
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Post  monkeypigs4eva on 6/15/2011, 1:55 pm

I also sympathize, as we are going through a similar decline with Angus. I'm sorry, truly.

Rugs and carpets help, keeping favorite things in a smaller area (including you), we do a little hand feeding when it is a really bad day. Angus wears socks all day, every day, inside and out, to help with stability as well as the sores that will occur with the knuckling under.

Wish I could give more advice but really can only empathize and send my best wishes to you both.

It hurts my heart to watch my boy--once so strong and vital--become the disabled old man he is today. I can only love him, as you do with Peachy, and make the end of his life a wonderful time where his pain and discomfort is managed and happy things (good food, extra love, etc) are abundant.
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