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Taking Care of Special Need Dogs

Having a special-needs pet is not the end of the world. It could be challenging but most owners of handicapped pets admit that the reward they receive in various ways and forms is way more than the work they put in with their pets. These pets are just like normal pets when it comes to playing, feeling, loving and caring about us but all they need is a little extra care and some special needs to be taken care of. The unconditional love that you get back from them is worth all your time and efforts.

Taking care of a dog with some kind of a disability is not so hard. With a couple of lifestyle changes and some special care tactics, you can have a very happy and healthy pet who would love you unconditionally.

The number of disabled pets and canines with special conditions is increasing every day. Some people take in a disabled animal in their homes while others have to cope with some unlucky accident due to which their pet got disabled. There is a lot of help available including therapies, treatments, and equipment which can help your disabled pet to live a better and unrestricted life.

Let us look at some of the things you need to know which can help you to take care of your disabled dog.

Maintaining a Routine

Coming up with a routine and maintaining its order is very important for your dog. It is quite similar to taking care of a toddler. You should set up a proper routine with scheduled timings for exercise, food, and rest. Try to make your dog familiar with that routine and keep a strict rule to follow the routine. Dogs are creatures of habit and setting up a routine is essential for them to ensure their long-term health, happiness, and well-being.

It is always great to give your pet a “job” which he has to do each day like, for example, fetching the newspaper from the door to you. This can help your dog feel useful and would be happy to do it every day for you for just a little pat on the back and being called a “good boy”.

Special Therapies, Treatments, and Equipment

There are various therapies and treatments available for the disabled dogs which include physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, pets’ chemotherapy or radiation, etc. There are many kinds of walking wheelchairs available for the dogs which give support to the dogs for movement. There are three main categories of the wheelchairs and attachments to help the dog in movement namely rear wheelchairs, front attachments and quad wheelchairs.

Other equipment and accessories that include Rear and Front Harness, Walking Support Sling, Dog Carts, Leg Splints, Pet Boots, etc. which also aid the disabled dog in walking. Acupuncture and Chiropractic care are also available for the dogs. It stimulates the nerves to rewire and to modify the different pathways. This helps the dog in healing. There have been cases where dogs were disabled for 6 months or more and started using their legs again after these therapies.

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Fostering Rescue Dogs

If you are an animal lover and thinking of bringing a dog or cat into your family, consider getting them from an animal shelter, as it’s probably the noblest thing to do. While no one wants to see any dogs or any other animals beaten, abused, or abandoned, many animal shelter pets have these animals. It’s because animal shelters take dogs and cats there were probably abandoned, abused and neglected.

Some of them even die on the streets from hunger, illness, or injury. The ones that are lucky get picked up and sent to animal shelters for possible adoption. So, if you’re thinking of getting a dog to take care of, go to animal shelters and adopt a dog or a cat. This way, you’re helping the domestic animal population in general.

Although fostering a dog is highly encouraged than buying one, fostering a dog isn’t just for anyone. Dogs that are from the shelter are different from dogs that you get to buy on the pet shop. These foster dogs are dogs with experience of mostly abuse, mistreatment, and abandonment. And you must bear in mind that being fostered and finding new owners is a huge thing and new hope for their lives.

Fostering a dog is a huge responsibility and it requires more patience and real commitment from the owner. Since these dogs mostly have bad experiences, anyone who wants to foster must have experience with dogs. Most shelters usually make sure that the people who are adopting the pet are ones that actually care and would be responsible owners for the cat or dog.

Dogs that have experienced abuse or were abandoned are often the most difficult to foster as they have developed fear, trauma and a lot of anxieties from their past experiences. They often have trust issues and it would take for someone to have a lot of patience to actually get the dog to follow and give trust to the owner to take care of him.

One must need to encourage them to have confidence and patiently teach them to be social. It should be in a foster owner’s capacity to be patient and give love and care for these dogs who haven’t felt it before.

During the process of adoption, here are some of the questions that you need to ask the shelter before taking a dog:

  1. How did he come to be with the shelter or rescue group? How long has he been there?
  2. Does he have any medical concerns or need medication?
  3. Has the dog been given vaccines for anti-rabies, heartworm and other diseases?
  4. Does he have any behavioral issues or concerns? How are they dealt with?
  5. How can you take care of the dog?

This is only some of the information that you need to know about the dog. It’s important to have a background of how the dog ended up in the shelter. That way you will have an idea of how you can take care of him or her and you’ll be able to know what makes the dog anxious and eventually help him overcome it. That way you will be able to gain his trust and he or she will let you take care of them.