Each pet is unique and can quickly become a beloved family member. This is no different when you have a special needs pet. Some animals are born with a disability, while others may develop one later in life. Luckily, a disability doesn’t make a pet love you any less. They may require a little extra TLC, but can still be the perfect fit for your household. There are a few tips that can make it easier for you and your special needs pet to be happy and healthy.
IS YOUR PET BLIND?
- Talk to them so they know you’re close and are not startled by you
- Avoid making any big changes around the house and block stairways until your pet has figured out how to navigate your house
- Without their eyesight other senses are stronger; use smell or sounds to play with your pet
DOES YOUR PET HAVE HIP OR JOINT PROBLEMS?
- Keep your pet warm and comfortable, this will help lessen joint pain
- Massage your pets joints or muscles to relieve hip pain
- Make sure things are easily accessible to your pet; food dishes are at a comfortable height, litter boxes aren’t too tall and the outdoors don’t require a lot of navigating to get to
OTHER TIPS FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS PET
• Remember, you can still play with your pet!
• Learn as much as you can about the special need so you can have a better understanding of it
Each special need or disability is different and requires specific attention. But this doesn’t make an animal any less exceptional. With proper care, many special needs animals can live long lives that can bring joy to you and your family.
Rehabilitative care is becoming more available in veterinary clinics. Get in touch with us today if you are concerned about your pet and want to provide it with the best care.