Our animals will gradually lose their mobility as they age. Their ability to jump into a favorite chair, get up and down stairs, and even go for a walk may start being painful for them.
For many animals, this can be a minor nuisance. However, for larger animals it can quickly become an issue for owners. For instance, imagine needing to carry a 90lb dog up and down the stairs multiple times a day.
If your pet can’t move, but is otherwise alert and engaged, this can be a manageable situation. Try moving their bed into the family room so they can interact with the family. Keeping them socialized helps.
Here are some questions for you to answer:
How well can they move around?
✔ Do they have a cart or harness to help them get up?
✔ Do you have to help them get up?
✔ How painful is it for them to get around?
✔ Do they have arthritis, hip dysplasia, cancer, or tumors that gradually affect their ability to move?