Carrie Underwood’s paralyzed dog is walking again with the help of hydrotherapy. The pooch, named Ace, has suffered a herniated disk in late December. The country star shared a heart-melting video of Ace’s waterwalk.
Pet lovers will love this story! Carrie Underwood’s dog suffered a herniated disk “right before Christmas”. The singer shared the story on Instagram, explaining that the hernia left little Ace paralyzed in his back legs and spine. For two days, he could not move his back end. But since starting physical therapy, which includes hydrotherapy – walking in water – he is doing a lot better.
In the video that she recently posted, the 33-year-old Grammy Winner shows that Ace is visibly doing progress. His right leg seems to be listening to him pretty well. “His left side is slowly getting better but we have a long way to go”, Underwood writes, adding that the pooch “is taking his physical therapy like a champ”.
Right before Christmas, my little Ace suffered a herniated disk. 😢 He was completely paralyzed in his back end for a couple of days and, with rest, soon got mobility back in his right side…his left side is slowly getting better but we have a long way to go…he's taking his physical therapy like a champ! And, of course, this is too adorable not to post!
Hydrotherapy has proven to be extremely beneficial in dogs with spinal injuries, by helping strengthening muscles and regain neurological function following paralysis. By exercising walking in water, the dog does not bear the body weight and cannot lose balance. For small dogs, such as Ace, hydrotherapy can also be done at home, in a bathtub. For certain breeds, such as French bulldogs, English bulldogs, corgi and other breeds that can’t swim, a life vest might be needed. Larger dogs can do hydrotherapy in hot tubs, pools, or lakes. Hydrotherapy is done with the assistance of a specialist who can monitor the dog’s progress and prevent any accidents.
Carrie Underwood, 33, and her husband NFL star Mike Fisher, 36, have two dogs in their household. Aside from Ace, a rat terrier, the couple shares adorable Penny Jean, a dachshund mix.