Page 27

Vet’s Inventions Help Pets with Disabilities by Dick Cooper

As Dr. Lincoln Parkes tells the story, it was a simple request from the owners of a pet in 1962 that set him on a path to a second career building specialized carts for injured or ill animals. “They said, ‘Help our dog survive, please. He can’t walk and we’re not going to put him down,’” Parkes recalls. “They were unwilling to give up their dog and I think that is reasonable when a dog’s only disability is not being able to use his legs.”

Fif t y years and 60,000 car ts later, Parkes is still designing ingenious mechanical devices to make life easier for physically impaired dogs and cats. He has even come up w ith ways to help a crippled barnyard rooster, a pet pot-bellied pig and paralyzed rabbit get around. “We’ve even done sheep,” he says. “They are all challenges.” Parkes, 84, a lean, athletic man who runs regularly, sails and skis, received his Doctor of Veterinary

Dr. Lincoln Parkes with his inventory of products to make a dog's life easier. 25

Tidewater Times December 2012  

December 2012 Tidewater Times

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you