The Tiny Tim On Wheels Foundation was established in 2020 after Alicia Ciszek, the founder, lost her beloved Mini Dachshund Tiny Tim. He was an IVDD warrior and survivor. He became paralyzed at the age of three, using a wheelchair for ten years.
Tiny Tim was an inspiration to so many other special needs animals. His platform advocated changing the perception of special needs pets by education and removing the fear and stigma associated with them.
A disability is not a death sentence. It definitely doesn’t mean euthanasia. Special needs pets can have a good quality of life with the correct & loving care.
Education in options for rehabilitation and treatments available and the best ways of maintaining a positive daily life are key to a mutually happy life.
New devices like wheelchairs & scooters are keeping these special pets moving. Even now, developments with 3-D printers are making wheels ultra-lite & highly maneuverable.
The Foundation operates worldwide & no pet is excluded in consideration for help. There is Board of Trustees and volunteers who dedicate their time. Fundraisers are organized through social media, virtually, around the world as TTOWF provides assistance.
This year the foundation hosted a successful Walk-A-Thon. Participants were on wheels and some without wheels. It was tremendously popular, raising funds for several surgeries, multiple wheel sets, and even skis.
Since the TTOWF is fairly new and small, we are excited to tell your readers more, in hopes of spreading our mission. Thus far, the TTOWF has helped over 16 pups and owners in their IVDD journey, providing valuable information, support, and funding.
Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) may be described by your vet as a ruptured, slipped, bulging or herniated disk in your dog's back or neck. No dog or breed is exempt from IVDD, however, breeds that are prone are Dachshunds, Pekingese, Shih Tzu’s, Pugs, French Bulldogs, Bassets and Beagles. We all need to be proactive.
Years ago this was a death sentence. Veterinary professionals felt the care was too difficult. Euthanasia was suggested. Thankfully this has changed.
There’s rehabilitation and surgery options. Some surgeries are great successes and others are not. It is a commitment of time, work and money to care for an IVDD survivor.
Non‐Surgical treatments for IVDD in dogs include strict crate‐rest, anti-inflammatory medications, dietary care (managing your dog's weight to relieve pressure on their back), and physical rehabilitation (physical therapy for dogs) water and laser therapy.
Paralyzed dogs need help getting their bladder and bowel manually expressed on a schedule as otherwise, this can also lead to UTIs or fecal retention. The TTOWF is an educational source. Our volunteers are experienced & have first-hand knowledge in the practical aspects of IVDD.
The TTOWF seeks financial support via donations. This is the main source of funds. There is also an online shop with merchandise like sweaters shirts, face masks, etc.
While TTOWF is known for gifting, loans are also extended if pup parents can’t afford to pay for immediate surgery. IVDD progresses like lightning. One day your pup is walking; the next day he is teetering or collapsed. There is a very short window for surgery to be successful. Time is of essence.
Financial distress, waiting until surgery can be afforded, plus the anxiety of not being in the position to help their suffering pet places undue pressure on owners that TTOWF wants to alleviate. Most surgeries are estimated between $6000 to $9000.
To find out more, please head over to www.tinytimonwheels.org and follow @tinytimonwheelsfoundation
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