Just like with people, you have to be aware that disabilities do happen, sometimes your pet was born with it, sometimes it can occur through injury/disease and sometimes it is just a condition that a pet can get because of old age. So remember, regardless which case it is, a pet can still have a nice, long life filled with joy. Read this post here for more information about helping dogs in wheelchairs.
You shouldn’t feel sorry for them, be aware that people and pets with conditions are stronger than others and get adapted to them. Instead, become your pet’s service person and make sure that they get a nice, happy life.
Taking care for a blind pet
If you live with a dog, this condition is a bit less serious than when a cat gets it. This is because even when their sight is working perfectly, it’s not a dog’s strongest sense, but smell is. On the other hand, when it comes to other pets, like cats, that do rely a lot on their sight, it can be a bit more difficult.
Here are some steps that you can take to help your pet deal with blindness:
● Keep all floors and passages clear, so your pet can move freely without hurting itself
● Talk more to your pet, so they know you’re present at all times. It will keep them calm.
● Offer them toys with distinct smell
● If you do rearrange some furniture, make sure you walk your pet around everything that you’ve changed so they can learn the new setting
● If you have a yard, dog-proof it and keep it free of any type of hazards
● Try to maintain a normal social life for your pet
Taking care for a deaf pet
The most basic thing you can do, in order to communicate successfully with your deaf pet is to use hand signals, just like people do. You should train it, like any other pet, but instead of using voice commands, you’d use commands that you give with your hands. Some other things you can do are:
● Use eye contact to communicate, especially when you want to grab your pet’s attention. You can also try touching your pet, but very gently.
● Never let your dog walk without a leash, keep in mind that deaf dogs can easily get hurt because they can’t hear the sound of approaching cars
● When dark, and you can’t alert your pet with eye contact, use a flashlight
Taking care for a pet that can’t walk properly
There are different harnesses, slings or carts that you can use for your disabled or semi-disabled pet. Just keep in mind that a pet will take some time to adapt to the new device, make sure you help it go through this period of adaptation.