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Do you have a paralyzed or disabled dog?

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If so, Dr. Marie would like to hear your dog’s story. She is compiling a book about dogs with disabilities. This book will help many people learn what is involved in caring for and owning a paralyzed dog. Our hope is that many dogs will be saved from euthanasia because their owners have read the many stories of dogs who live happily with a disability.

Your submission can be as long or short as you would like. Should Dr. Marie choose your story, she may do some minor editing on it. She will send you an edited copy by email for your final approval before it goes in the book.

Here is an outline to help get you started…but if you have more (or less) to write, that is ok!

  • Tell us about your dog’s life before the accident/illness
  • Tell us what happened. What were the vet visits like? Did you have hard decisions to make?
  • If your dog uses a wheelchair or cart, describe for us the process of getting and fitting the cart.
  • Tell us stories of what your dog’s life is like now. Is there special care that you need to do? How well does he or she get around? What products have you needed to buy for your dog? What special challenges does your dog face?
  • Is there any advice that you would give to owners who are facing the prospect of owning a paralyzed dog?
  • We would love to have pictures of your dog as well!

    If your dog’s story is published you will receive a free copy of the book!

    You can email your story to drmarie (at)

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    Dr. Marie was quick to respond and thorough in suggesting treatment for my cat. I am so thankful- I have been so worried about my cat. Now I have additional options to discuss with my vet.

    The service was incredibly fast and the vet's suggestions were right on target. This was incredibly helpful given that none of the vets in my area, mine now included, will take off hours calls now.

Dr. MarieDr. Marie is a veterinarian who practices in a busy animal hospital in Ottawa, Ontario. She created Ask A Vet Question as a resource for good, accurate veterinary advice online. Dr. Marie treats dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats. She has been a vet since 1999.

Is an online vet visit just as good as a trip to your veterinarian? No! But, many times, asking an online veterinarian a question can help save you money. While Dr. Marie can't officially diagnose your pet or prescribe medications, she can often advise you on whether a vet visit is necessary. You can also ask Dr. Marie for a second opinion on your pet's condition.