Caring For Special Needs Pets

Article by Debbie Foster

Pets aren’t immune from injury and aging. Sometimes life leaves your pet with a disability. Many pet owners who encounter this don’t meet the challenge head on. Instead they put the pet down. I wonder if most pet owners have any knowledge of the many resources available to them.

Personally, I could never put my pet down due to their having a disability. There are products available and informative websites that enable a full life for an injured or senior pet. Here are some things you can do as a pet owner to make your disabled pet’s life a little easier.

Let’s take a look at a dog who is visually impaired. What things can you think of that you as a pet owner can do to make her life better? Many are common sense, like don’t rearrange the furniture or leave obstacles on the floor. You would want to put barriers in front of dangerous places like balconies, swimming pools or hot tubs. There are doggie helmets and goggles and a variety of protective gear available now to reduce injuries. But what about making sure you always speak her name before you actually touch her. Help her out by working with her other senses. Things like using a fountain water dish where the noise will guide her to her dish. There are many ways to appeal to her other senses to assist her to understand where she is. For example, use a different type and texture of pet bed or mat in different rooms. I think you get the idea.

What if your dog is deaf? First and foremost, make sure she’s contained. If she can’t hear danger sounds then she needs to be in a fenced area or on a leash for her protection. Work out signals through training using blinking lights. You can use a flashlight or just toggle your light switch back and forth. Just because your dog can’t hear doesn’t mean she can’t learn! Of course, your facial expressions and hand gestures will also be part of the training so be aware of them.

We’ve all seen a dog whose hind end is harnessed to a rig with two wheels when their back legs are injured and they run around quite nicely. At first, you say “so sad”, but when you think about it, the alternative is so much worse. If your pet has a mobility concern, then you should be watching their weight. The last thing they need is additional strain on their functioning parts. There are all types of devices to aid your pet in mobility.

So, to wrap this up, an impaired pet can have a long and fulfilling life if we, their owners, just make a few simple adjustments.

About the Author

Debbie Foster is the owner of where you’ll find a wide selection of quality pet beds, dog crates, dog carriers, dog pens, large dog beds, cat beds, cat carriers, pet strollers and more.

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