Former Military Guard Dog Getting Help to Walk Again

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Former military guard dog, Mex, got fit for his custom-made wheeled cart.

The five-year-old German Shepherd suffers from severe arthritis in his back legs and hips. Vets say it's also very likely he has a degenerative disease that leads to paralysis.

A previous story on 10TV helped the family raise enough money to cover his medical treatment and buy a cart to help him get around.

A wheeled cart will support his hind legs by taking some of the weight off his upper body.

Veterinarians at MedVet say the cart will improve his quality of life and allow him to be independently mobile. He will be able to run, go for walks and get around more easily to eat and drink.

In the meantime, the only way to help him stand up and get around is with a harness.

MedVet veterinarian, Ann Bancroft said once the cart arrives, dogs usually start walking immediately. It should only take a couple of weeks for Mex to adjust.

"Most dogs don't even know they have a cart. They're just happy to get up and be able to walk around and run around, and not be attached to a human anymore to have assistance," Bancroft said.

Cheryl Ross, Mex's owner, feels the independence will benefit her dog mentally, physically and emotionally.

"For him to be able to go outside, run, play, chase a few cats, he, the freedom for him is all we want for him," Ross said.

Mex's customized cart will be ready in a few weeks.