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Tips for Our Specially-abled Companions

Tips for our specially-abled companions
Published on: May 15, 2019

Our companion pets all have a great and special impact on our lives.  And, like us, they are all unique with different personalities, wants, and needs.  Some of our companions, though, may need even further special care or attention.  So, how do we prepare to introduce a specially-abled, four (or three) legged friend into our family?

The Essentials

Before adopting a specially-abled companion, it’s important to ensure you, your family, and your home are ready for the commitment.  As much of an enriching experience as it would be, it may also be challenging at times.  So, be sure you have the time (and patience) to tend to the extra needs your companion-to-be may have, and to establish a good routine tailored to them.

Tips for Our Specially-abled Companions

A “Bailey chair,” which aids in digestion for dogs with “megaesophagus.”

This starts with research.  Learn as much as you can about your companion’s disability, illness, or other health condition.  And, try keeping your companion’s veterinarian closely in the loop.  They can ensure you’re properly informed on your companion’s special needs, as well as any changes to them.  This will empower you and your family to give your special companion the best life possible.

“Time” and “research” may be near the top of the list, but “love” is the most essential thing.  But, odds are if you’re the type to consider adopting a specially-abled companion, you’re already on the right track.

We’re Halfway There

Although your companion may have special needs, they still have many of the same needs as your average dog or cat.  They’ll need appropriate physical exercise, whether that’s supervised play with other dogs or a having a special toy or game.  It’s also important, especially for animals who are prevented from too much exercise, that your companion get plenty of mental stimulation.  Somewhere they can see the sights and smell the smells will help keep them fit and happy.

Tips for Our Specially-abled CompanionsOf course, since nutrition is the foundation for health, maintaining a proper diet for your companion is vital.  This is especially true for our companions with special needs.  And, this is another great place to keep your companion’s vet involved: they’ll help you understand just what your special companion needs to stay healthy.

Who knows, maybe that means extra treats?  Whatever it takes, Wag N’ Wash is here to help keep ’em wagging!