Zeus the puppy was almost completely paralyzed when Lynda Kuether adopted him in 2012, shortly after he was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Oklahoma. But within a year, he re-learned to run, climb stairs, enter cars on his own and even to steal sandwiches.
A veterinarian had determined that the paralysis was probably caused by a virus and prescribe treatment of antibiotics, steroids and lots of physical therapy, which he hoped would improve Zeus’ mobility.
Kuether, who is a physical therapist for humans, got Zeus swimming right away in an indoor heated pool owned by a fellow volunteer at the nearby St. Francis Community Animal Rescue & Education. She said:
I knew we had to provide some way for him to start moving his legs that didn’t require him to carry his body weight on them, and I thought swimming would be one of the best ways to start with him.
Within a couple of months, the puppy was already able to move on solid ground, doing what Kuether calls an “army crawl.” Then he started crawling on his knees. By February 2013, he was buzzing around in a wheelchair and in April, “he took his first wobbly steps,” Kuether says.
Zeus still needs steroids and ongoing therapy, but he is strong enough to run, which Kuether loves, though her cats may feel differently about. It has been a truly amazing transformation.
1. When Zeus was six months old, he started suffering from some strange symptoms and slowly became paralyzed.
2. He was given antibiotics and steroids, and began a routine of physical therapy to strengthen his muscles and hopefully improve his mobility.
3. Kuether, a physical therapist for humans, began Zeus’s rehabilitation in a pool.
4. Slowly Zeus gained enough muscle to swim on his own.
5. On solid ground, Zeus was able to scoot and army crawl around.
6. When he had gained enough muscle, Kuether asked Facebook followers for donations to buy him a wheelchair.
7. Today he can walk wheelchair-free.
Source: The Huffington Post.
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