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?

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