Handicapped and paralyzed pets live happy, active lives. They love to play games, they’re alert and excited to see you when you get home and they enjoy being with their family, just like any other pet.
1. Improve Mobility with a Dog Wheelchair
An active pet is a happy pet. A dog wheelchair is essential to keeping your senior or disabled pet on the go. Wheelchairs are designed to improve your pet’s mobility and ensure their quality of life.
Whether a pet is completely paralyzed, recovering from an injury, or experiencing leg weakness your pet’s wheelchair supports them so that they can continue to play fetch, go for a hike, or enjoy on their daily walks with their family.
Mobility issues and paralysis does not mean an end of life decision, a dog wheelchair improves your pet's quality of life and gives them the mobility they deserve!
2. Monitor Your Dog’s Bladder
Paralyzed pets may struggle with urinating on their own. Not only is a full bladder uncomfortable and painful, but it can lead to serious health risks. Pets unable to urinate on their own will need their bladder expressed manually, most dogs will need their bladder expressed at least four times a day. Expressing the bladder helps to avoid bladder infections. Left untreated bladder infections and UTIs can lead to kidney problems. If you are unsure if your pet needs help to fully empty their bladder consult your Veterinarian.
Learn More: How to Express a Dog’s Bladder
3. Keep Your Pet Mobile Indoors
Keeping a handicapped dog active inside the house can be a challenge. They still need and want to get around, but maneuvering around indoor obstacles may be more difficult, especially for a handicapped pet living in an apartment.
The Walkin’ Scooter is an ideal indoor mobility solution, it helps paralyzed pets to stay active and comfortable all day. Designed to glide easily across tile and wood flooring and easily maneuvers in any direction (even down narrow hallways). The scooter is padded for comfort and sits low to the ground makes it easy for a pet to comfortably rest and lie down when they become tired and get around when they want to.
Learn More: Indoor Mobility Solutions for Handicapped Pets
4. Protect from Rug Burn and Dragging Injuries
Handicapped dogs and cats that drag themselves across the floor are at risk for rug burns, scrapes, and even sores. These types of injuries can cause painful skin irritation, wearing a drag bag protects your pet’s legs and chest. The drag bag allows the pet to scoot across the floor and keeps them protected. The drag bag is made of durable, water resistant nylon so it’s perfect for incontinent pets and can even be worn with a diaper.
Tip: Pet’s dealing with urinary incontinence may want to have more than one drag bag, so if one is dirty there’s always a spare!
5. Provide Traction on Slippery Floors
Wearing pet boots or traction socks help pets get the grip they need to walk confidently across slippery flooring. The added paw traction is even more important for pet’s dealing with mobility loss as they may also struggle with their paw placement and keeping their feet under them.
As pet’s age their health and mobility needs change. Noticing these signs and making small changes in your routine can make a huge difference in your pet’s quality of life. If your pet is struggling with their mobility speak with a veterinary expert. Together you and your Vet can determine a custom treatment plan for your pet.