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Specially-Abled Pets Day

Did you know that May 3rd is Specially-Abled Pets Day? This is one special occasion we can really get behind! All of us here at Country Ridge Animal Hospital are animal lovers, but some of the stories that tug at our heartstrings the most are those of pets that have overcome seemingly impossible odds, and found happiness and loving forever homes. Read on as a local Livonia, MI vet discusses specially-abled pets.

Adoptions

If you’re looking to adopt a new furry friend, don’t overlook a sweet pet just because they have a medical issue. Just like people, animals can triumph over many different health problems. Whether they have lost a limb, suffered traumatic injuries, or overcome vision or hearing disabilities, these lovable pets can still go on to live happy, fulfilling lives. Many of these wonderful animals just need a bit of extra TLC from a loving owner.

Caring For A Specially-Abled Pet

Caring for a disabled pet may seem daunting at first, but it may be easier than you think. Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, and has helped pets get through some very serious injuries. Pets with mobility issues and those who have lost limbs can now be fitted for little wheelchairs or prosthetics, and many of them do extremely well with these aids. If your furry pal is blind or hearing-impaired, you may only need to make some minor adjustments. For instance, if you want to adopt a blind dog, you may be advised to keep your floor clear of items that could trip Fido, and to use baby gates to keep your furry pal away from pools, stairways, and other potential hazards.

Research

Adopting an animal is a lifelong commitment, so you definitely want to do some research before jumping in. If you’re considering adopting from a shelter, find out all you can about your potential pet’s care needs, and the associated costs. It may be cheaper than you think! Sometimes rescues will help with some of a pet’s care costs, although this isn’t guaranteed. But you may find that these disabled pets are actually very able … to play, cuddle, and provide unconditional love. You may find that one special furball that is your perfect match!

Do you have questions or concerns about caring specially-abled pets? We can help! Please contact us, your Livonia, MI animal hospital, anytime.

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