May 3 is National Specially-Abled Pets Day. It’s a day to celebrate and educate the public about disabled pets. These special needs pets can be a challenge to care for. But loving pet parents know that the rewards for patience and understanding, outweigh the work.
Our mission at Dr. Pet Mom is simple: To create a pet parent community to encourage adoption of rescue and shelter animals. We want to help pets find their forever homes.
Rescue and shelter animals include older and special needs animals. These animals have challenges related to behavioral, physical, or a chronic illness (diabetes, FIV, arthritis). Special needs pet parents already know that their pets are not left overs, imperfect or can’t be saved. Their pets just need a little extra care and patience.
People tend to think that special needs pets can’t do what “normal” pets do. This is another myth about special needs pets. With special equipment and practice, special needs pets can run, play, swim, hike and exercise with the best of them.
There are resources available to help special needs pet parents. One resource is Walkin’ Pets by Handicappedpets.com. Walkin’ Pets offers “Dog Wheelchairs, Products, Services and Support for disabled, injured, and aging pets.”
And if you think that you’ll need different types of equipment (wheelchair, cart, other adjustable equipment) to exercise your special needs pet, think again.
Walkin’ Pets only sells fully adjustable wheelchairs for dogs. If your pet has weak or paralyzed back legs, a wheelchair is all you need.
They also offer a four-wheel wheelchair for full support for your pet. And Walkin’ Pets designs wheelchairs for ducks and chickens!
Walkin’ Pets helps animals with these conditions:
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Hip dysplasia
- Slipped disc
- Spinal and neurological problems
- Surgical recovery
- Congenital abnormalities
Another resource is Small Paws Rescue. This site offers a list of organizations that provide financial help to special needs pet parents. Their goal is to help pet parents keep their pets. If you need help, please visit this site.
Save Them All is another great resource. This site offers information about adopting special needs pets, FAQs about cats and dogs in wheelchairs and carts, and deaf and blind cats and dogs.
The Petfinder website has a section on Financial Aid for Pet Owners. There’s a list of resources to help injured pets, pets with cancer, and breed-specific injuries.
The Pet Fund is another resource for pet parents to find financial support for veterinary care in the United States. Funding is only for medical care for heart disease, cancer, chronic illness and other conditions. This fund covers only non-basic, and non-urgent care.
It’s very inspiring to watch special needs pets in action. Special needs pet parents know that a good quality of life is the most important thing to keep their pets happy.
Animals are all about sharing and giving. When you adopt a special needs pets, expect a boatload of unconditional love.
Special needs pets are often the last to be adopted. When you adopt, you’re giving these animals a second chance at life.
We hope you consider adopting an older or special needs pet. Your kindness will be greatly rewarded.
Thanks for reading! 😎
Dr. Pet Mom
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