Animals can experience the same sicknesses, diseases, and health problems as humans. They can also suffer from broken bones and muscle-related disorders. Sometimes animals are born with these ailments; while other times they appear with age. A disabled pet can be a great addition to the family; but he will require more time and care.

The word “disabled” is often associated with physical hindrances. For the purpose of this article, disabled includes any problems that have an adverse affect on your pet’s health. Dogs and cats can suffer from similar problems, including epilepsy, diabetes, and age-related problems (deafness, blindness, etc.). Dogs are more likely to develop hip dysplasia and heart disease, while cats are more likely to have problems with balance and kidney disease. Both pets can experience arthritis, muscles aches, and broken bones.

Some people are quick to give up or look over a disabled pet. They believe that the animal will not make a good family friend, or that the animal will take too much time and attention. Disabled pets should not be forgotten. They may require more care, but they can still be great companions. The additional care you provide your pet will only make the bond between the two of you stronger.

The way you care for your disabled pet will depend on the problem. Diabetes and kidney disease will require medication prescribed by your veterinarian. A broken bone may require rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Always follow your vet’s instructions in care giving, and pay attention to your pet. If the problem worsens or your pet seems uncomfortable despite your attempts at helping him, then return to your veterinarian. It is important that you keep regular contact with your vet in order to provide the best care possible.

No matter the problem, there are basic things you can do to care for a disabled pet. First, make sure that he is comfortable. He should have a couple of places throughout the house where he can rest. Add extra padding to where he sleeps, and make sure his bed is easily accessible. He should also have a quiet place to go if things get too noisy. Often a room in the back of the house with a blanket or two will provide him a quiet escape. Keep food and water bowls near his favorite resting places. That way, he does not have to walk across the house to eat or get a drink of water.

Exercise is important for the health and wellbeing of all pets. Most of the time, cats get enough exercise by running around the house. Dogs, on the other hand, normally need a walk or jog to keep their muscles strong. If your pet is physically able, then make sure you provide an adequate amount of exercise and play time. Exercise does not have to be rigorous; a walk around the neighborhood will suffice. Provide plenty of toys to keep your pet’s mind stimulated. If your pet is unable to exercise, then still provide an outdoor escape. Many companies make a wide range of pet mobility products. You can push your pet around the neighborhood while he relaxes in a stroller, or you can find an accommodating wheelchair that still allows him to exercise on his own.

Most pets behave better when they have a routine. They know when it is time to eat and when it is time to play. Developing a routine with your pet will reduce uncertainty and, thus, reduce anxiety. Anxiety can lead to further health and behavior problems. A routine is also helpful for you as an owner. The two of you will look forward to the time you get to spend together, and your relationship will be strengthened.

Like humans, pets can experience a number of ailments. A disabled pet will require more care, but he will still make a great friend. Depending on the problem, there are different ways in which you will need to care for your pet. However, there are three general guidelines that help with caring for any pet. First, you should make sure your pet is comfortable and doesn’t have to embark on a journey just to find his food. Second, you should provide your pet with outdoor time playing and exercising. Last, you should establish a routine that will keep your pet free of anxiety-related problems and strengthen the bond that the two of you share.

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This article was written by Shelly Seigler and provided by at site carrying: Dog ramps, dog crates and indoor pet gates.