This article is contributed by Abigail Baker (Writer at Happy Writers)
Rescuing Pups with Special Needs
Adopting a pet can be a life-changing moment that leaves a defining mark on your life and your family’s lives. Settling on what your ideal pet relationship looks like is an essential part of the adoption process, and depending on what you are looking for in a canine pal, a special needs pup could be the right fit for you.
Special Needs Characteristics in Dogs
A dog with special needs potentially falls into a wide range of categories that can include anything from mild health conditions to long-term severe medical issues. It’s important to note that every situation is different. Some health conditions could consist of one or more of the following:
- Frequent toilet accidents due to old age or an illness
- Separation anxiety
- Heightened aggression that requires monitoring while walking and around other people
- Special feeding needs due to a previous injury or illness
- Blindness and/or deafness
- Cushing’s disease
- Arthritis due to old age
- Paralyzed body parts
- Underdeveloped skeletal structure
- Birth defects
Pet caretakers should be prepared to administer medicine, make time for additional veterinary care, and make adjustments in the home as part of a regular care routine.
Make Sure That Your Special Needs Canine Will Fit Into Your Lifestyle
Ensuring that your lifestyle needs align with your future dog’s needs is still a must even when adopting a special needs pup. If you’re looking to make a difference and are gearing up to take the leap and adopt a special needs pet, keep in mind that special needs are a wide range (as seen above). It’s critical to take the time that you need to understand your future pet’s needs and put a plan in place. Your plan should include doing what’s needed to keep your dog’s environment consistent and recruiting additional help if needed, such as a pet sitter or finding a traveling vet that does in-home visits.
Why Many Take the Leap and Adopt a Special Needs Pooch
Special needs pets are at least four times less likely to be adopted and are more susceptible to be euthanized in shelters. These often loving animals give pet owners a fresh perspective on unconditional love and inspire us to overcome our own obstacles. At the end of the day, special needs dogs and all other dogs have one major component in common, they’re all canines! This means that love, playing, snuggling, and all of the joys of dog ownership will still be part of your pup’s life despite their special needs.
Remember: when special needs dogs are adopted, spaces in shelters open up, which allows other dogs to find a home. Additionally, when people in the community see first-hand what it looks like to have a special needs pooch, they often become inspired to walk the same path and feel good about giving back. By adopting a pup with special needs, you’re not only giving that dog a wonderful new chance at a happy life, but also setting an example of compassion for those around you who might be considering adopting a unique new furry friend!