In our role as animal caretakers, we will eventually get the rich opportunity to care for our pets as they age and perhaps this care will require special needs. I’ve found that often when someone begins to worry about ‘quality of life’ it is usually their own life and their own fears in being able to care for these special needs that are in question. Our society does not often support disability or aging, so this is your opportunity to embrace this amazing process for your pet and move into a role rich with blessings and gifts.
In addition to the resources here, see also “Living with Disabilities” for more on the subject.
Aging Gracefully: Caring For Dogs With Degenerative Myelopathy and Other Mobility Impairments:
As our dogs age, a common scenario is the loss of mobility. Often the hind legs are begin to deteriorate first, due to disease, injury or simply because our friend is getting on in years. The front legs can also begin to lose their ability over time as well. … here are some tips we picked up along our journey. (Continue Reading…)
Booties and Protective Wear:
Sometimes when a dog has lost full mobility of a limb, they drag their foot/feet and we need to think about protection. I have seen people get very creative here from daily wrapping with vetrap to little kid mittens and… (Continue Reading…)
Often due to age or injury, our canine friends will experience some kind of incontinence in their lives. You can have a normal happy long life with an incontinent pet… its just about having the right tools and education. (Continue Reading…)
Ramps and Steps:
One of the first things hurdles that we come to, when we enter a less active state, is to consider how to get into and out of the car, the house, how to maneuver stairs, how to get up on the bed etc (Continue Reading…)