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There’s a truly special pet holiday coming up. May 3rd is Specially-Abled Pets Day! Just like people, pets can have a variety of health issues, ranging from vision and hearing impairment to missing limbs. These sweet pets often have a very hard time finding loving homes. People often back away from adopting special-needs pets, because they assume these furballs will need too much care. However, many specially-abled pets manage to not only cope but to truly thrive. They also may not need as much care as you think. In many cases, caring for a special-needs pet is roughly comparable to taking care of a toddler. Read on as a local Leesburg, VA vet offers some great reasons to consider adopting a specially-abled pet.
Our animal friends are extremely resilient. Pets that go blind or deaf, for instance, quickly learn to rely on their other senses. Pets that have lost a limb can also go on to lead happy lives. Many of our furry pals can learn to get around just fine on three legs! Even being partially paralyzed isn’t an insurmountable obstacle: little wheelchairs help animals without the use of their back legs zip around. You may find that these special pets are super grateful that someone loved them enough to give them a home, and can be extremely loving and loyal.
While sometimes special-needs pets do have some additional costs, they may not be as expensive as you would think. Don’t just assume that adopting one of these sweet pets will be too expensive. Talk to your vet or a local animal shelter. You may also find that shelters offer special-needs pets at lower prices, or may offer to help with veterinary care.
If this isn’t the right time for you to bring another furkid into your household, you can still help specially-abled pets that need loving forever homes. Consider donating time, goods, or money to an animal charity that helps special-needs pets. Fostering may be another option. If you think this may be a good alternative for you, inquire about it at a local shelter. Even spreading the word on social media can be useful. When it comes to helping animals in need, every little bit counts!
Please contact us for assistance with a special-needs pet. As your local Leesburg, VA pet clinic, we are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care.