From Losing the Ability to Walk to Chasing Squirrels Again, Carmela Makes Great Strides (Even With Short Legs)
Carmela is a 5-year-old black and tan dachshund cared for by Jason Izmirian. Carmela was seen by Dr. Watt in April 2008 because she suddenly couldn’t walk. Surgery was performed on Carmela’s spine to alleviate a herniated disc, and her quest to walk again began.
Jason loved his little girl very much and wanted to do the very best for her. He became a dedicated caregiver, listening to every piece of advice and never giving up. Carmela went to see Ella Woods for acupuncture and to Scout’s House in Menlo Park every week, in addition to regular physical rehabilitation exercise visits at SFVS for the next six months.
Carmela slowly made progress over time, but her chances of walking again were still slim. Her attitude and spirits were kept up with regular trips to the dog park with her sister Chloe and a lot of attention from everyone around her. Finally after almost 10 months of intensive rehabilitation, Carmela can walk again! She is back to chasing squirrels up the trees and snuggling under the blankets again. Although a bit wobbly at times, Carmela and Jason graduated from the rehabilitation program with high honors.
– Written by Kristen Hagler, Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner at SFVS