Ask Away...: Easy Living For Disabled Dogs

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Easy Living For Disabled Dogs

Life with a dog can be very demanding indeed. After all, you need to make sure you have enough time each day to take your canine friend for a walk, and you also need to ensure that you have enough cash in your budget to welcome a new pet into your home. But what happens if something happens to your dog and it is severely injured? Life with a disabled dog will be a lot harder than you had originally intended when you got your new pet!


In previous decades, a disabled dog might have had a poor quality of life and might have had to be put down, but that isn’t the case anymore. Thanks to developments in veterinary medicines and treatments, there are lots of things that can be done to ensure your disabled dog is able to live a happy life. Not only is life much improved for the dog in question, but it is also now a lot simpler and cheaper for their owners to provide them with the appropriate care.

If your dog has recently been injured in an accident, you will no doubt be going through quite a distressing time. However, the following tips can ensure things get a lot better for you and your dog.


Learn As Much About The Disability As Possible

No two disabilities are the same. Each disability comes with its very own set of problems and its very own treatment methods and medication requirements. It’s necessary that you are very aware of all the problems that your dog may face, and exactly what you can do to help them through them. You will also need to read up on the different treatments available to your hound so that you can make an informed decision when you need to choose one. It’s a good idea to take the time to speak to your dog’s vet as he or she will be able to give you all the information that you need. They will also be able to provide you with lots of literature that you can take home to read.


Increase Time With Your Dog

As a dog owner, you will already know just how important it is to spend lots of time with your pet pooch. This is so that dogs are well socialized and don’t get up to any bad behavior behind their owner’s back. However, if you have a disabled dog, you will need to significantly increase the amount of time you spend with it as it will take up a lot more of your time than when it was able-bodied. You might need to spend more time preparing them special food or organizing their medication. Not only that, though, but disabled dogs might need help moving around the house. You might also have to schedule regular visits to your local veterinary practice as well.


Encourage Exercise

Even though your dog might not be able to walk as well as they once did, it is still vital that it gets plenty of exercise. If its mobility is reduced, there is a good chance it will end up putting on weight and getting unhealthy, which could put it at risk from various diseases and illnesses. As disabled dogs won’t be able to go on long walks, the best way to exercise them is in your own garden. Many owners who have disabled dogs set up one of the ball throwers that are mentioned on and other trusted review sites. These machines throw a ball, and the dog can go and pick it up it its own time. It doesn’t matter if the dog is slow in doing this, as the machines normally don’t release a new ball until the first one has been retrieved and placed back in it.  

Budget Well

There’s no point in trying to sugar coat it, but life with a disabled dog is certainly going to be a lot more expensive. That is especially the case if you need to purchase specialist equipment such as a doggie wheelchair like the ones at Some of the tablets and pills that your dog needs to take on a regular basis might also end up costing a considerable lot more. Plus, there is no way of knowing how expensive any operations or other treatments that your dog needs in the future is going to cost. So, as you can see, there is a lot you need to budget for. Hopefully, you will have taken out some pet insurance cover before your dog became disabled, as this will greatly help you with the costs.


Get Into A Good Routine

Setting up a routine will definitely be a great help to both you and your dog. You will need to organize your life as it will help to improve your dog’s quality of life. For instance, by establishing a regular toilet routine, you will help to reduce the chance of your injured dog developing urinary tract infections. Certain disabilities might require specific medication and feeding times. To ensure that you don’t mess up your dog’s schedule, it’s a good idea to keep a detailed weekly diary with everything noted down in it.

Keep Things Fun

Pets are just like us, and that means they are susceptible to the same mood swings that we are. And, just like humans, they are also prone to bouts of depression while they are suffering from a disability. And the best way to help your dog fight off any depressing thoughts of emotions is to spend plenty of time playing with them. Even if your dog isn’t in the mood for playing, letting them sit on your lap for a cuddle and stroke will give their mood a great boost! All dogs love treats too, so it’s a nice idea to spoil them with a few tasty snacks every now and then!

Living with a disabled dog will be tough on both of you but, hopefully, all of these tips will help you improve your poor pup’s quality of life!

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  1. Hey Ellen! I LOVE that you LOVE dogs! So many dogs are euthanized every day in the US because of lack of space in shelters. There is only one solution to this problem and that is spay and neuter. I volunteer regularly at my local Humane Society and we currently have 200 dogs/puppies and over 100 cats/kittens in our shelter that need homes. I get calls daily from people that just don't want their animals. It's so sad!!! Thank you for bringing awareness to disabled dogs !!! And I love reading your blog. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you so much Lynn! Thanks for reading and I am so glad you loved this post!


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