Special Needs Dog


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Adopting a Special Needs Dog
If you are considering adopting a special needs dog, it is crucial to understand the care that you will need to provide. Aside from love and encouragement, they will need patience, understanding, and a new beginning.

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What is a special needs pet
Special needs encompass a variety of behavioral issues, chronic medical conditions, and disabilities. Some prevalent issues among dogs include hind limb paralysis, diabetes, blindness or deafness, missing one or more limbs, urinary tract infections, lack of socialization, and allergies.

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Common misconceptions 

  • A blind dog needs constant monitoring. Dogs who have lost their vision are no different than dogs with sight because they don’t know that cannot see. However, it’s necessary to keep a consistent household, such as placing water and food bowls and furniture in the same spot.
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  • Deaf dogs cannot be trained. Deaf dogs are readily trainable because they pay close attention to you and follow your every move. Although they can be startled by even the slightest touch, they can be desensitized with regular training.
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  • Three-legged dogs have mobility limitations. Most dogs with an amputated leg have a zest for life and are particularly spunky. It is essential to strengthen your dog's core abdominal muscles to compensate for missing limbs.

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Will I need special training
Every special needs dog is unique and will have individual requirements. It could take a few days with your dog for him to get comfortable with you and his new environment. Your patience and unconditional love are the primary requirements. Education and preparation will make for a comfortable and enhanced lifetime with your pet, and will help reduce surprises so that you can be ready for expected changes in your dog's condition.

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Are there organizations or support groups

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