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Specially-Abled Pets Day

Did you know there’s an extra special pet holiday coming up? May 3rd is National Specially-abled Pets Day! Just like people, dogs and cats can be afflicted by a variety of ailments. Pets with vision or hearing problems, or other ailments, are often overlooked. This is very sad, because many of them are full of love, and actually make wonderful pets! Read on as a North Phoenix, AZ vet discusses these special pets.

Adoptions

Are you ready to bring a new animal companion into your home? Consider getting a specially-abled pet. There are many sweet, lovable dogs and cats out there in desperate need of forever homes. Just because they aren’t perfect, doesn’t mean they won’t make the perfect pet!

Costs

It isn’t just a lack of empathy that stops people from adopting specially-abled pets. Many people worry about the costs of caring for pets with disabilities. However, you may be surprised to learn that, in many cases, they cost about the same—or almost the same—as any other pet. You may also be able to get a discount from human societies, as they often offer specially-abled pets at lower prices. That said, budget is an important thing to consider, so you do want to get a good idea of what the costs will be. Ask your vet for advice.

Care

Dogs and cats are often able to live fairly normal lives, even with handicaps. Many of them just need some extra TLC! For example, if you have a blind dog, you can help make things easier on Fido by setting out floor runners, so he can ‘feel’ where he’s going. You can also get him a little doggy ‘bumper’ to stop him from running into things. Deaf pets, on the other hand, can learn to respond to hand signals or the waving of a flashlight.

Purrs and Tail Wags

Pets are amazingly resilient, and can often bounce back from even the gravest injuries. There are plenty of dogs with three legs that are out there happily running and playing! Specially-abled pets are also often extremely affectionate and loving. Our animal friends are definitely smart enough to know when someone has helped them. You’ll be rewarded for your kindness with purrs, tail wags, and love!

Do you have a specially-abled pet? Contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ vet clinic, today! We’re dedicated to offering great care.

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