Dogs in Wheelchairs

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Caring for a Dog in a Wheelchair
As trusted family members, all dogs deserve to be valued, loved, and appreciated throughout their lives, despite their weaknesses. If you are contemplating adopting a dog in a wheelchair, it is crucial to understand the mobility issues that dog wheelchairs can provide for handicapped dogs.

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Mobility issues
Canine wheelchairs can help dogs with spinal problems, hip dysplasia, amputations, paralysis, soreness, arthritis, surgery recovery, neurological issues, and general weakness in the limbs. The need for a wheelchair depends on the severity of the dog’s ailment and the nature of the disability.

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Special arrangements 
Daytime care may be required if your handicapped dog needs assistance, such as going out for potty breaks during the day or if your dog is incontinent. If you use doggie diapers, make sure to change them regularly, so you'll need to make arrangements for that to happen throughout the day.

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Exercising a disabled dog
Exercise is crucial to keep your dog in excellent physical condition. It’s also essential to aid in helping your dog maintain a healthy weight to keep the working limbs healthy and strong. Dogs who begin to exhibit behaviors such as excessive whining, restlessness, or barking continuously usually do so because of lack of exercise and boredom.

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Disabled dog tips
Other dogs may be startled or fearful at first when they encounter a disabled dog in a wheelchair. Familiarize other pets with the wheelchair in a similar way that you would regularly introduce new dogs to each other. Keep all the dogs protected by monitoring the meeting and watching their body language carefully for signs of stress or discomfort.

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Are there support groups or organizations?

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