Understanding the Needs Your Handicapped Dog

Caring for a handicapped dog can be a rich and rewarding experience. After surgery, an amputation and/or other permanent injury, a handicapped dog will require extra time, energy and understanding from his owner.

Exercise for Handicapped Dogs

As with all dogs, daily exercise and play are necessary to maintain his health-physical and mental. If he doesn't get enough, your dog can develop additional physical and emotional disorders, such as obesity, heart disease, bone disorders, anxiety, aggression and depression. He may need help from mobility aids such as a: hip brace, wrist brace or wrap, hock brace or holder, lifting harness or even a dog wheelchair.

Diapers and Special Beds for Your Handicapped Dog

If your dog's mobility issue interferes with his ability to relieve himself, you may need to purchase dog diapers or a special dog bed that will keep him dry if an accident happens while in bed. If possible, keep to a strict schedule to help your dog regulate.

Adaptability and Changing Sense of Balance

Dogs are extremely adaptable. It may turn out that your amputee dog needed a brace or harness in the beginning but over time developed a new sense of balance on only three legs. If your dog drags one or more of his legs, regularly check for abrasion to prevent infection.

Consult with your veterinary if you have question about the best ways to help your pet adjust to his new mobility situation.