Caring for a Disabled Dog
Thu, April 22, 2021

Caring for a Disabled Dog

Your dog may be facing some particular illness or injury caused by an accident, becoming old, or just being born with a particular disability. In any case, they will require some special treatment and other considerations / Photo by: Tony Stock via Shutterstock

 

Just like humans, our pets can have certain health conditions that will prevent them from being able to normally move or be active. Your dog may be facing some particular illness or injury caused by an accident, becoming old, or just being born with a particular disability. In any case, they will require some special treatment and other considerations. You need to be a bit more patient and loving if your dog’s condition has been recently acquired. If humans are able to live fuller lives even with disabilities, so can your dog.

According to the Handicapped Pets page, a website that provides relevant information on handicapped or disabled pets for care, most people are not even aware that our animal friends can actually have special needs, just like humans. You will have to give more attention to your pet since you will be a caretaker, a pet owner, and a loving family member all at the same time.

When a dog is permanently disabled or paralyzed, you’ll have to understand that it is a lifelong commitment to the condition, and it will require you to double your effort when taking care of your pet. There will be times when visits to the veterinarian may need to be frequent, and you might have to be absent from work to do this. Having a disabled pet is not for everyone, and if you think you cannot provide the right amount of care and attention it needs, then it’s better to let someone do it or look for other alternatives.

When a dog is permanently disabled or paralyzed, you’ll have to understand that it is a lifelong commitment to the condition, and it will require you to double your effort when taking care of your pet / Photo by: Ryzhkov Oleksandr via Shutterstock

 

What Should You Do?

According to the Mother Nature Network website, which provides information on health, lifestyle, technology, and family matters, taking care of a dog that is disabled can be challenging, but the rewards are actually more fulfilling than the actual work done. Some communities have groups that help those who have disabled dogs. It could be difficult to handle things alone, so it would be better if you have some family members to help you out or perhaps a group of people who are in the same situation.

Pet shelters are also constantly looking for kind-hearted individuals who are willing to adopt disabled dogs. You can check out your local community shelter for rescued dogs with special needs. You will not only help an animal, but you’ll also provide yourself a good purpose in life and a nice companion at home. A dog will love you forever, that is for sure.

Here are some things you can do to make taking care of a disabled dog a little less stressful and more meaningful:

1. Have a routine

Putting everything in order and within a specific schedule is very important when you have a disabled dog. If your pet cannot walk, then you would have to assist them in going out to poop, or perhaps help them to get better by exercising or massaging their leg muscles. A dog with special needs will need assistance in most things, so it is essential that someone is present all the time to take care of them. If you have taken care of a child before, then it wouldn’t be very difficult to take care of a disabled dog.

2. Talk to a health professional

This means not only a veterinarian but also some people who professionally give support and advice to dog owners. Some vets will tell you that it could be difficult, but you should not give up hope on your pet. You can check out some medical professionals who are experts on your dog’s disability. Also, having a second opinion can give you hope that your pet can also have a chance of living life to the fullest.

3. Be prepared to do things you have not done before

Disabled or old dogs might not be able to get up so they can urinate at their token spots, and this will require special action in order for them to do so. Therapists and other experts can be consulted so that you will know what to do just in case there are other things to be done aside from just feeding and giving your dog a walk. You might also need to buy some equipment to help your dog move around or be comfortable in its condition.

4. Make your home dog-proof

If your dog is blind, then you’ll have to make sure that your house is safe enough for them when they want to move around. Stairs will pose a risk so you need to install small gates like the ones you would use for a baby. If your dog is in a wheelchair, keep the area free from things that can make the movement for your dog difficult or impossible. A little decluttering could help in making sure that your dog stays comfortable.

5. Comfort your dog

You can talk, play, and just give hugs or kisses to your pet to assure them that they are loved. Your pet needs to know that they have someone to lean on. It could be different from taking care of a non-disabled dog, but you’ll definitely feel more rewarded when your dog flashes that nice “smile” as their way of thanking you for all your efforts.

Needless to say, caring for a special-need dog is quite similar to taking care of a human in the same condition. Both will require some special TLC, and if you love your dog so much, then this should not be a problem for you.

If your dog is blind, then you’ll have to make sure that your house is safe enough for them when they want to move around / Photo by: WUTTISAK PROMCHOO via Shutterstock