As a pet parent, I am always on the lookout for captivating gifts that will encourage and entertain my dogs. The goal becomes even more important if you are searching for presents that will engage an older pet who isn’t as mobile as they once were. This holiday season, I put together a short but high impact list, of my favorite Christmas gifts for handicapped and senior dogs. Each idea is designed to help your special needs dog lead their best possible life.
Muffin’s Halo looks a lot like a costume your dog might wear to a Star Trek convention, but it’s actually a functional headpiece to help blind dogs move around safely in their environment. I was excited when I was introduced to the product. I know the perfect dog that could benefit from it.
Click for UPDATE: This post has been updated to provide pet owners with information about the different types of dog wheelchairs and how to best determine if your dog needs a rear wheelchair, a front cart of a full support wheelchair. It also has the most current information on the leading dog wheelchair manufacturers. Click here to read: Dog Wheelchair Review Update.
The dog wheelchair has given the gift of mobility to dogs and other pets that would have been left helpless because of paralysis, disease, old age and injuries. Popularity of the carts is growing so I thought it was the perfect time to share a review of the top models.
Update: My Favorite Harnesses For Handicapped Dogs has been updated. Please click on this link for the best harnesses of 2016.
If you have a dog that is paralyzed or has hind end weakness, one of these specialized harnesses for handicapped dogs is the most important tool you can have on hand to keep your pet mobile and healthy. Harnesses for handicapped dogs are great because: they make it easier to move your dog from one part of the house to another, they aid in taking your dog outside to relieve themselves and they assist you when lifting your dog in and out of the car.
In addition the harnesses are designed to take the stress off your back as you assist your dog. And a harness gives your dog a sense of independence because it allows them to move about in the same way they did when they could walk on their own.
To direct pet parents to the best harness type for their dog, I put together a list of my top three favorite harnesses for handicapped dogs.
Many of the dogs I write about are incontinent because of their spinal or neurological conditions. My own dog, Sophie was incontinent during most of the five years she was paralyzed. My husband (Ken) and I tried our best to keep Sophie on a strict bathroom schedule, but inevitably accidents happened.