Every year, approximately 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injury are reported in the United States. Recovering from an SCI can take a huge mental, emotional and physical toll on patients, but animal-assisted therapy may play an integral role in easing some of the challenges patients face.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have partnered with Hand in Paw, Alabama’s premier animal-assisted therapy provider, to assess the efficacy of AAT dogs as an aid in rehabilitation following an SCI.
Mary Beth Davis defies odds to graduate from Oklahoma State
Nearly a decade ago, Dr. Mary Beth Davis was told she would never walk again and that her dream of being a veterinarian was over.
Defying the odds and overcoming numerous challenges, Dr. Davis wheeled herself across the stage in Gallagher-Iba Arena on May 10 to receive her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.
“Dogs, cats, snakes, anything. People fall in love with them. There’s no replacement. They fill a chunk of life that no other being can.”
Eddie the dog is getting a spiffy new wheelchair.
Angela Parker, owner of the husky-German shepherd who was paralyzed in September after being struck by two cars, said a man contacted her after The Sun Times published a story about Eddie with an offer to donate a mobility cart.
The cart will fit three-year-old Eddie, she said, and is expected to be delivered this weekend.
It’s not easy to make friends with a capuchin monkey. They’re willful, mischievous and, if they take it into their heads, can break any breakable you’ve got in the house—no small feat for an animal that’s only about two feet tall and weighs just seven pounds.
But if you do click with a capuchin, something deep and sweet can happen. That’s especially so with the monkeys of Helping Hands, in Boston, that spend much of their lives working with people with paraplegia and quadriplegia who need the daily assistance of a full-time aide to fetch objects, turn switches, open bottles and more, and will do the job for love, care and and the occasional lick of peanut butter—or hummus if that is more to their liking.
Alec Gotto was just a few weeks old when he was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a syndrome that causes spine inflamation and makes movement of the legs and arms extremely difficult.
The young boy from the small town (and my hometown) of Dyersville, Iowa didn’t let it slow him down.
With his boots tucked into the straps of his motorized wheelchair, he got the crowd out of their own seats and up on their feet as he proudly showed his steer at the National Junior Angus Show in Des Moines.
No creature is ever too small to ignore.