Thanks to a few generous volunteers and some amazing therapy, a pit bull Nokia regained his legs after being hit by a car.
Nokia arrived at the Cincinnati Animal CARE facility on October 3 for the first time.
He’d been struck by a car and was unable to use his legs. While his overall health improved, his rear legs remained largely immobile, so the shelter provided him with a set of doggie wheels to aid him in his mobility.
But it was then that Nokia’s story got the attention of the folks at Doggie Paddles in Florence, Ky.
Following seeing the shelter’s post about receiving Nokia after his injury, Philip Roe and his wife, Jennifer Weber-Roe, volunteered their services in the form of ten complimentary hydrotherapy sessions on their underwater treadmill.
“Underwater treadmills are commonly used in canine rehabilitation treatment as a form of hydrotherapy,” explains Jenna Stregowski, RVT, and Daily Paws’ pet health and behavior editor. “Water minimizes the amount of weight placed on the joints, allowing them to maintain their own weight while simultaneously providing resistance for muscular growth.”
Weber-Roe, on the other hand, says she didn’t hold out much hope following their initial meeting.
“I was worried,” she admits. “I’d previously worked with many disabled dogs who at least showed some movement. That was not the case with Nokia, though. He didn’t appear to respond in any way.”
They began to observe some success by his third session.
According to Weber-Roe, Nokia regained its legs after Christmas.
This Pit Bull can walk without the use of wheels!
Nokia is now a joyful, active dog who can move around on his own, run and play fetch without the use of a wheelchair, thanks to the patience and aid of Doggy Paddles, Cincinnati Animal CARE, and its network of fosters and volunteers. And Weber-Roe believes he is on his way to living a happy, healthy life.
She clarified, “We’re just building up that muscle. However, he will reach a stage when he will no longer require our help.”
Now that Nokia’s physical recuperation is nearly complete, the next hurdle is to find this sweet boy a forever home.
Weber-Roe describes him as “extremely functional.” “He needs a little help regaining his balance when he goes to the bathroom, but he has a regular life ahead of him.”
Thanks to Daily Paws for the story.
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