care has improved greatly in recent years. Pet owners have treatment options
that previously were unavailable. Significant medical conditions can often
be dealt with effectively. Consequently, there are an increasing number of
handicapped pets living healthy happy lives.
One of the most noticeable pet handicaps is a missing limb. This is typically
one of the most manageable problems. While a dog or cat may need some extra
attention particularly to ensure accessibility, three legged pets usually
adapt rapidly to their situation, and learn how to use the limbs they have.
Sometimes a pet will have an immobile limb, a problem with more than one
limb, or another significant musculo-skeletal problem. Special braces,
carts, or contraptions can sometimes be used in these cases to support
a pet and make them more mobile.
Another somewhat common pet handicap is the loss of a sense such as sight
or hearing. These too have become manageable problems in many pets. While
a pet without sight will need extra help learning surroundings and how
to deal with other people and pets, it usually can be managed. Similarly
with deaf pets, they need to be taught visual commands instead of verbal
commands. For both hearing and visually impaired pets there are specific
safety concerns that warrant extra attention or guidance. However, these
are frequently manageable situations.
Often these handicaps are brought about by age. Diseases such as arthritis,
or cataracts tend to impair older pets. A variety of internal problems
are more prevalent in older animals as well. Through diet and medication
conditions such as heart, liver, and kidney problems are now often able
to be treated reasonably well. Treatments for conditions such as cancer
and seizures have become accessible and have become a more practical option.
Unfortunately there are still many medical problems for pets that don’t
have a good solution, but recent advances have improved pet care greatly.
Consequently, many pets are able to live longer healthier happier lives
even if medical issue arises.