Parkinsons and Dogs
Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:13 PM
I would love to hear from anyone out with PD who has a dog. Have you had any problems? Do you think it's a good idea or a bad idea?
Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:33 PM
Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:16 AM
Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:53 AM
I suggest you check out your local Humane Society see what kind of dogs they have, I think they have a deal where you could take it home for a few days to see if it works out and if not you can bring it back.
Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:49 PM
The downside as mentioned is that dogs require maintenance and can put a crimp in one's lifestyle as you always have to think of the dog. A long day trip requires you to find someone to take the dog out and feed him. It is somewhat like having a kid around the house again.
All things considered, little Lily has been good for me but not without challenges. (Oh, and food, daycare, and vets aren't cheap).
Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:19 PM
Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:04 PM
Three weeks or so ago we had to tell the vet to put her to sleep. It was a very hard thing to do. She was 13.
Age 64. Diagnosed 2006.
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:05 PM
Posted 19 April 2013 - 11:05 PM
I've always had at least one dog since I was a youngster and can't imagine being without one. I got our current 90 lb. Lab/Hound free at the local grocery store parking lot 7 years ago just about when my PD symptoms really started to bloom. We've only missed our daily walk at the lake maybe a dozen times in those 7 years, largely thanks to Obi. That daily outing is good physically AND mentally, for both of us! It helps that the big boy walks well off leash.
If this is your first dog, it might be a good idea to get one over two years old. Raising a puppy is a lot of trouble and would increase the chances of causing accidents. I volunteer socializing dogs at a shelter and find that there are always some good older ones available. The smaller dogs tend to go quick, but take your time and you will find one that just seems right. And as said, you can always return it for another.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:07 AM
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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:43 AM
Smile every day and laugh at least once at something the PD is now causing you to do. I personally love the "left" turns that happen as I walk. The smile really works - it makes everyone worry what you have been up to!
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