All Have Value: Caring for a Special Needs Pet

A special needs pet may have unique challenges, but it’s not necessarily harder to provide the love and attention they deserve. Sure, serious illness or injury can preclude certain rigorous activities, but a special needs pet can still enjoy a high quality of life with a caring individual or family. Fortunately, there are resources available that make the experience less daunting – and more valuable. Our veterinarians and staff believe that every pet has value and the potential to bring endless rewards to their forever home.

What Qualifies?

A special needs pet is one with any of the following conditions:

  • A physical disability
  • Chronic or terminal illness
  • Emotional or behavioral challenges
  • Age-related illness or special requirements
  • Suffered a serious injury

The good news is that modern veterinary medicine has allowed many of these pets to survive and lead long lives. Indeed, animals are remarkably resilient in their ability to adapt and to develop a “new normal” over time.

The Straight Scoop

Depending on the type of disability, a noticeable swell in time, money, and attention is typical. Perhaps your pet has recently lost his or her sight, hearing, or mobility. Of course, making changes around the house and providing necessary medical care or equipment is a major responsibility.

Alternatively, if you’re considering adopting a special needs pet, it may not be possible without acknowledging your financial situation. There may be additional costs associated with medications, treatments, therapy, or special diets. We can help you work out a monthly budget to support a special needs pet.

It’s also critical to consider in advance how a special needs pet will fit into your home. Do you have other animals or children that could affect a new pet’s health challenges? Environmental and social conditions require extra consideration; otherwise fear, aggression, or anxiety can have troubling results.

Caring for a Special Needs Pet

There are many ways you can help stabilize your pet while also keeping yourself from becoming too overwhelmed:

  • Maintain a routine for meals, exercise, and medication.
  • Research the right equipment, such as wheelchairs, ramps, and harnesses.
  • Keep your home free of clutter or obstacles that hinder the walkways for a special needs pet.
  • If you aren’t able to be at home at certain times, schedule someone to help provide the care your special needs pet requires in your absence.

A Full Heart

While many families search for just the right kitten or puppy, many people find that a special needs pet is exactly what they need in their lives. Just like pets without special needs, disabled pets only want to please their owners and will work around their challenges to do just that.

An animal with a physical challenge or health condition may seem like a lot to take on, but their inspiring resiliency, eagerness to love, and perseverance are the impressive stuff of legends.

If you have any questions or concerns about caring for a special needs pet, we encourage you to reach out to us. We’re here to ensure every pet is happy, healthy, and well cared for.

A special needs pet may have unique challenges, but it’s not necessarily harder to provide the love and attention they deserve.