How to Care for a Special Needs Pet

Some animals need to be closely monitored because they aren’t like other dogs and cats.

What Is a Special Needs Pet?

Animals that have chronic or fatal illnesses, injuries or paralysis, and incontinence problems due to old age are often deemed “special needs”. They’re the dogs and cats that shelters have problems adopting out because they require costly medical care as well as lots of time and attention. If you’re up for the challenge, however, caring for an animal with special needs is very rewarding.

Although each special needs pet is different, many require extra work to be cared for. Here are some of the ways to ensure that your dog or cat is getting the nutrition, exercise, medication, and love they so richly deserve.

Use the Petrics app to set up reminder alerts.

A special needs pet requires additional medication and veterinary visits to remain healthy. With everything that you have to remember during the week, it can be hard to stay on top of your dog or cat’s schedule without assistance. Thanks to our automated health and nutrition app, you can set up alerts to go off whenever you need a reminder.

Create a routine that works best for both you and your pet.

As with any other family member, establishing a routine helps everyone get in sync with one another. Your pet will learn when it’s time to eat, take medication, and rest. That way, they’re not up while you’re asleep or sneaking in to eat their food when you’re not looking. Obesity complicates other medical conditions your pet may be facing, so be mindful of when they are eating as well as what they put into their bodies at all times.

Have someone stay with your pet when you’re gone for more than a few hours.

Pets need round-the-clock care when they have an illness or disability. It’s important to know what type of responsibility you’re taking on when you adopt a special needs pet. If you work outside the home or must leave for several hours a day to attend classes, enlist the help of someone you trust to check in on your pet to make sure he or she is doing well.

Follow the veterinarian’s instructions closely.

Based on the dog or cat’s previous medical history, special medical care instructions are provided by your pet’s veterinarian. Be sure to do everything that is being asked of you. For example, if the animal is highly allergic to a substance used in pet food, use the Petrics app to see which ingredients different brands of food and treats contain before feeding them to the dog or cat.

Get mobility assistance for your pet, if possible.

If a disability prevents your pet from getting around easily, invest in a wheelchair or other mobility device. There are many different types of harnesses available to help you assist a handicapped pet with walking. There are also “drag bags” which keep animals from sustaining carpet burns from dragging their limbs and bellies across the floor because they are partially paralyzed.

It takes a special person to care for a special needs pet. With the right tools, the task becomes second nature. Prepare accordingly by making sure you have everything you need on hand when you bring your furry friend home. Having the Petrics app and a pet first aid app on your phone provides you with immediate access to important information affecting your special needs pet.

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