April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month sponsored by the American Red Cross. Learning first aid and what to do in an emergency situation with your cat or dog is important for all pet parents, but for those of us with animals that have special needs it is absolutely vital information to know. Test your knowledge about pet first aid by taking the short quiz below to see how you would handle typical emergency situations.
This Wordless Wednesday I’m sharing three amazing special needs rescue groups you should know about.
Milo’s Sanctuary – Burbank CA. Meet adorable Ziggy Pawdust. She was found lying on the side of a road in New Mexico when she was just 6 weeks-old, presumably hit by a car. Ziggy is paralyzed from the waist down, but she is getting a second chance at life thanks to Milo’s Sanctuary. The group rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes cats that are blind, missing limbs or elderly.
Like me I bet you’ve never heard of GM1 Gangliosidosis, unless your cat has this horrible inherited disease. It’s a disorder that slowly destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord of young kittens. Siamese and Korat breeds are most susceptible.
While this neurological disease used to be a death sentence, researchers at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine have made outstanding progress to keep them living longer.
Rickie Roo is a star in the world of dog agility competitions winning so many trophies and ribbons that it fills a room. Roo is also a star survivor of an eye disease called Primary Lens Luxation (PLL) that often leaves dogs blind. Despite her disability, the 7 year-old Rat Terrier qualified to compete in the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Master Agility Challenge event.
On December 20, 2014 a healthy and energetic four month-old Rottweiler/ Labrador mix named Bailey joined our family. She has been wonderful addition, but in the months leading up to her adoption a huge debate had been swirling inside my head. I worried if I should adopt another dog with special needs or one that is able-bodied. This story is how I made my decision to adopt not only a healthy dog, but my first puppy in twenty years.