When you adopt a dog that is missing a leg, or a dog that has been a part of your family for a long time needs to have a limb amputated, you may find yourself wondering how you can provide them with the best possible care and give them a high quality of life. Luckily, today more than ever before, there are more accommodations and services available for dogs with so-called disabilities. Get to know some of the ways that you can be sure your dog gets the care they need.
Keep Their Nails Trimmed
Because your dog has three rather than four legs and paws, you will need to be sure that those legs and paws are as well-maintained and cared for as possible. This means that you will need to ensure that their nails are clipped and kept as short as possible.
Short and well maintained nails will give your dog more traction and help them to maintain balance. If you feel comfortable, you can trim your dog's nails yourself. However, if you do not feel comfortable or your dog is somewhat uncooperative when their paws are being handled, a veterinarian or even a grooming service can help you keep your dog's nails short and trim.
Make Proper Grooming A Priority
Grooming is also very important. If your dog has matted fur or overly long fur that can get underfoot or block their vision, they may have even more difficulty moving and walking without stumbling or falling. However, dog grooming for a pet with only three legs can be a challenge.
Many standard grooming services that are run through pet store or other venues may not be properly equipped to handle a dog that is not able to stand on four legs. As such, before you make your dog an appointment with a dog grooming service, talk to them about the accommodations they make.
For example, if your dog is missing a back leg, in order to groom their remaining back leg and trip the fur on the pads of their feet, your dog will need extra support. This may require two people to work with your dog for part of the grooming process or special equipment. Be sure to choose a grooming service that can give your dog the accommodations they need.
Now that you know a few of the steps that you can take to properly care for your dog with three legs, you can be sure that you are making sure your dog with three legs is as safe and well-cared for as possible.