Special needs animals are often the last ones to be looked at when people are considering adding a furry friend to the family. While they may require a few adjustments, special needs pets can provide all the love of an abled pet and sometimes more! Here are some of the things to consider when looking at bringing a disabled dog into your family and why there is no need to be scared of the challenges of life with a special needs dog!
Things to Consider Before Taking Home a Handicapped Pet
1) Am I financially equipped to care for a special needs dog?
Oftentimes, handicapped dogs need lifelong medications and extra supplies. There is an added cost of veterinary care such as special medications, harnesses and equipment for mobility assistance, and possibly special tests, surgical procedures, canine rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, or massage, as well as special training that can be useful to both you and your new pet!
Pet Insurance is a great way to offset the high cost of emergency procedures but It is important to consider the cost before taking a handicapped dog home.
2) Am I OK with the attention a differently-abled dog may bring?
People have very strong opinions when it comes to animals and having a dog with a visible difference might require you to educate some people on the actual quality of life handicapped pets have. Just because a dog uses a wheelchair doesn't mean it needs to be put down!
3) Do I have the time to care for a handicapped dog?
While every dog will need a significant amount of your time, having a special needs pet does require some extra effort.
If you answered yes to all of these questions then you are interested in adopting a special needs pet for all of the right reasons. Bringing a handicapped dog into your life will be enriching to both you and your new furry friend, seeing how a pet can overcome their struggles and be as happy go lucky and free and any other animal is truly inspiring!