When a family member is injured or grows older, the amount of extra care they need changes. Fortunately, advances in medicine and assistive devices help us care for them and make them more comfortable. This holds true when our family includes pets. The deep, loving bond that is created when we choose to care for them evokes lasting warmth.
For some, the process begins with an accident or injury. For others, it’s just a slow awareness that stairs are more difficult and leaping into the backseat of a car is nearly impossible. Sometimes it’s a rescue mission and sometimes it happens with no apparent reason at all. But, however your best friend becomes handicapped, you’ll need help.
Veterinarians are always the first place to look, but they are by no means the last. A vet has access to the resources needed to understand what has happened and can give you perspective. But only you can gauge your own personal level of commitment. As the animal’s guardian, it is up to you to look into your heart and their eyes and make choices based on what you see and feel.
For me, it began with a pup named Mercedes who left before her time because I didn't know any better. That's why I created Handicapped Pets - for elderly dogs, disabled pets, and injured animals.
The first thing you need to understand is that you’re not alone!
You’re not alone. Thousands of people are successfully caring for Handicapped Pets in innovative and highly successful ways. You'll need products, services, and support from other handicapped pet caretakers. Hundreds of helpful products have been developed especially for Handicapped Pets.
Keep aware of the condition of your pet. Stay in touch with his or her progress and carefully monitor their condition. There may come a time where you decide that the animal is no longer enjoying a quality of life. You, the pet’s guardian and best friend, are the only person qualified to make this heart-wrenching decision. When it is time to decide, though, you’ll know that you waited until the time was right. Now it’s time to look to your support groups again.
Our commitment to our lifelong friends is to care for them as they care for us. You can join the thousands of people getting the help they need to care for their Handicapped Pets.
Mark Robinson is the creator of HandicappedPets.com, a website for the guardians of elderly, injured, and HandicappedPets. He started the several years ago in memory of his friend, Mercedes, who was out down before her time. You can email Mark at:
MarkC <at> Handicappedpets.com