Paralized Puppy Walks Again

Spencer the bull dog had been paralized as a puppy. He was found on the doorstep of a family that took him in and did everything they could to make his life easier. His vet said he was either dropped or was stomped on.

Westbrook Brace & Limb out of Tampa Florida had never fitted an animal before and Jason decided to help Spencer get a new lease on life. He formed the casts and created the prostethics that were fitted on Spencers legs and Crocs were the key for keep Spencer balanced. It was a success as the video shows.

Spencer is now home and enjoying walks with his other family member Pork Chop, the blind pig.

Cherry Eye

A cherry eye is also called a third eyelid.

A cherry eye is not life threatening but can cause irritation and other medical problems such as inflamed nose wrinkles due to excessive teary eyes.
This way it becomes infected and causes injury to the eye.
The cause of cherry eyes is not yet determined with certainty. Some think due to the hereditary predisposition and the degree of folding in the face is a possible cause.

If a dog has a cherry eye, you can see a pink lump in the corner of the dog’s eye. The size of the lump differs between 0,5 and 1,5 centimetres.


Cherry eye can be treated in two different ways.

First people will first try using ointment massaging the third eyelid into place.
However sometimes this does not work or will only work temporarily. If so it is necessary for medical intervention.

Secondly, there are two ways of corrective surgery for cherry eyes.
The veterinarian can remove the entire third eyelid performing a small medical procedure with a local anesthetic.
The disadvantage of this method and that is that the eyes can dry out quicker causing damage to the cornea.
The other surgical procedure preserves the third eyelid. Here the lid is attached to the inside of the eye with several stitches.
This ensures the probability a shortage of tears does not occur.
The disadvantage of this method is that the dog needs to go undergo general anesthesia which is always a risk.
There is also a chance that the stitches tear making the third eyelid reappear. Repeating the operation is than the only option.

Before starting treatment always consult a veterinarian.


Is also called acute wet dermatitis.
Hot spots are common with dogs with long hair or a thick coat.


It is usually caused by an allergic reaction to a specific antigen. Insect bites such as the flea bites are the most common cause found. But even small wounds in the neck caused by playing are mentioned. There are more possible causes of hotspot such as food allergies, mange, ear infections, poor grooming, shrubs or plants thorns, anal gland disorders, stress, hot weather and hormonal responses.
Hotspots are rare in colder months or in winter. They are equally common with dogs who live indoors and those living outside.


Although this is not a long-term disease. When hotspot occurs, the spot can disappear with treatment within a week. The hotspot could occur again that same summer, the next year or disappear completely.

You should treat the growth of the hotspot and address the original cause.
The area must first be cleaned with sterile water. Dab the area carefully and dry with a clean cloth. Keep the spot dry for a quicker result. There are different kinds of powders and ointments to dry out the hotspot. We must also prevent the dogs from traumatising the spot even further. You can give them a ‘lampshade’ or socks on the hind legs to prevent scratching. Sometimes it is handy to tape the big toe nail of the hind leg with tape like Leucoplast.

Many dogs that repeatedly suffer from hotspots could benefit from regular trimming (shaving) of the coat during the summer. Also a bath with special dog shampoo or defleaing your dog. Regularly cleaning their ears and anal glands can also be a method of prevention. 


Hotspots are circular spots, mostly on the head, the neck, the hip and on the side of the body. They are wet, raw, inflamed and usually bare and painful. Dogs usually lick or bite at the spot which causes further irritation. This is why hotspot is also called “Pyotraumatic Dermatitis” due to the fact that the trauma itself plays a major role in the development of the disease.

Hotspot can dramatically change in size in a very short period, what was the size of a quarter can become a spot of 10 cm in 6 hours time.
Always have your dog check by a vet before starting treatment.