The incredible Maisey

The incredible Maisey

Maisey stood proud with her wheels

Maisey is a five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier and on 5 July 2014, in a matter of hours, Maisey went from being incredibly fit and healthy to paralysed.

After being rushed to a specialist veterinary referral practice, that evening Maisey’s condition was determined to be life threatening. MRI scans showed numerous spinal compressions and she was rushed for emergency surgery where they found she had blood clot type masses. These were removed and it was then a waiting game as to when or if she would begin to improve. I was told by the surgeon that Maisey had a 15% chance of regaining the use of her legs and that euthanasia was an option. I see and treat paralysed dogs every day at work so there was no doubt in my mind that my own dog would be given the best possible chance.

After spending two weeks in the specialist veterinary practice, Maisey was allowed home. Maisey required 24-hour care as she was still unable to use her hind legs. She required physiotherapy every few hours, hydrotherapy every day and acupuncture every other day.

Maisey Running Dogs Unite 450Maisey began showing some subtle signs of improvement and towards the end of July 2014 Maisey was able to wag her tail. A few weeks later she started attempting to move her right hind leg. By August she was standing and taking a few steps unassisted. The rehabilitation regime continued over the coming months as Maisey became more mobile. By the end of 2014 Maisey was able to go for 2 short lead walks a day.

At the beginning of February 2015 Maisey was at the stage where she was desperate to do more exercise, run around and play with other dogs but she was not quite co-ordinated to do this for long periods of time. It was at this point that I decided to get Maisey a set of wheels. She can now charge around for as long as she wants, play and chase other dogs and even retrieve toys. The wheelchair has completely changed Maiseys life and we now go out every day for lovely walks and can easily manage over an hour whether it’s a leisurely walk or a trek through the woods.

"I never thought that Maisey would be doing this level of exercise again so that’s when I had the idea of getting her to do a sponsored walk for the Guide Dogs. She has previously taken part in organised Guide Dog walks before her injury so this will be a massive achievement and challenge for her to be able to take part again this year."

- Maisey's owner Zara

Maisie, and owner Zara, are taking part in Andover Dogs Unite (supported by Top Dog Hydrotheraphy) on May 10. Sign up online to join the incredible Maisie, and support Guide Dogs!

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