The other day I came across a video about a woman named Linda in Tennessee who owns 5 disabled Dachshunds. One of her dogs, Jessie, developed a herniated disk and became paralyzed. Linda took him to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for surgery but he still couldn’t walk. After rehabilitation, he now runs and plays with the other dogs again.
Whether you are a Doxie lover or just dog lover in general, I highly suggest you watch this short video about him. You better grab the Kleenex though.
Not only does this video touch my heart because I am a Dachshund lover but also because I’ve seen this vet school with my own eyes. Last week, PetSafe graciously flew me to their headquarters in Tennessee (because I am professional pet blogger) and during my trip I got to tour the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine campus.
I saw the rehab room for dogs and the exact underwater treadmill in the video.
There was also a hyperbaric chamber in the room. By placing pets in this pressurized oxygen chamber they can help them heal from diseases and injury faster, or begin the healing in cases where they were not doing it on their own.
The vet school treats larger animals too. They have a horse-sized underwater treadmill and hyperbaric chamber! How cool is that? While I was there I also got to see a veterinary surgeon operate on a tiger. Really. It was huge. It had come in from a sanctuary and needed surgery on it’s uterus.
I know this is a blog about dogs but I love horses too. We heard a very touching story while we were there.
A horse came in with an irregular heartbeat which made it difficult to breathe and caused it to faint regularly. The UT Vet School performed a complicated surgery to try to normalize his heart. For a short bit it looked like it fixed so they were excited but, sadly, the irregular heartbeat quickly returned. The owners of the horse had to give him up because he was part of a trail guide outfit and the possibility of fainting while a customer was riding him was not a risk they could afford.
The vet student that helped with the horse’s surgery fell in love with him. She wasn’t sure what would happen to the him but wanted him to live out the rest of his life in a happy place. She decided to adopted him. She said that now he is a pasture horse and babysits her gelding. She takes him for walks, like you would a dog, and when he is feeling up to it she carefully takes him for short rides. She said he loves being able to “work” again.