A physically challenged dog can be a warm, wonderful, joyful addition to your home and you can be sure your desire to create a fulfilling life for your new pup will be rewarded over and over again with lots of doggie love and affection. However, before you consider adopting a physically challenged pet, it’s important to ensure that your home is a safe environment and one that she can navigate around on her own.
- Floor Plan: The first consideration is the floor plan of your home - is it easy for a physically challenged pup to navigate? Living in a triplex home may not be a suitable layout. However if you live on one level and perhaps just have a couple of steps somewhere in the home, placing a ramp permanently in position over them may solve the access problem.
- Floor Coverings: Make sure you consider the types of floor coverings you have throughout your home. A dog may slip and slide around on polished floors. Carpets or rugs may be a better proposition.
- Necessities: It’s also a good idea to ensure you have lots of water bowls around the home. A physically challenged dog may prefer to eat out of a raised food bowl instead of having to lower herself to the floor. And lots of comfy pet beds in different places are a good idea too.
- Access: Ramps placed alongside furniture and beds, such as the wooden Bedside Ramp will give your pet independent access and allow her to get down safely too. And a special vehicle ramp will allow your dog to access the back passenger seat or the rear of the vehicle. And, if you are traveling, the travel ramp can be useful in other locations too.
- Mobility: For both home and away, a stroller is an excellent option for physically challenged dogs to go places with you. Also, if your dog can walk short distances, this means that she has wheels for the ride home.
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