Southtown Veterinary Hospital

1806 Ridge Rd.
Montrose, PA 18801

(570)278-9210

southtownvet.com

MAKING YOUR HOUSE MORE FRIENDLY TO YOUR

DISABLED PET

Making some simple changes in your house can make all the difference to a

handicapped or injured pet. Just like people, dogs can get depressed by the

inability to do things they used to do. With most conditions requiring

physical therapy or rehabilitation finding ways to keep moving, and avoiding

long periods spent sitting or lying down, minimizes muscle atrophy, weight

gain, depression and pain. It also prevents pressure sores. Exercise, sunshine

and fresh air are beneficial to animals as well, so getting a disabled dog

outside and moving around more is a great goal.

 

     Ramps: for stairs, furniture or getting into or out of a vehicle

 

         Baby gates: to block off stairs or rooms with slippery floors

 

     Rugs, runners, rubber mats or dog booties: for traction and prevention of

         slips and falls

 

     Adjusting the height of food and water bowls: for neck and shoulder

         injuries or pain, or when balance is poor

 

     Slings and towels: to support the weight of the pet without injuring the

         owner's back

 

     Thick bedding or dry padding : to prevent pressure sores and skin problems

 

     Proper lighting: for dogs who cannot see well to navigate safely

 

     Carts, splints, neck braces and casts: to support weight, decrease pain and

         enable movement

 

     Pain medication & management: pets who are not painful maintain better

         mobility and recover more quickly

 

     Weight management: weight loss/management make a huge difference in

         mobility, quality of life and pain level for an injured or disabled pet. While

         your pet is recuperating or is less active he or she will need less food