Parents, you see those fun pink horses, green dinosaurs and other plastic riding toys with wheels in the toy stores, your dog is not one. No matter how big your dog may seem in comparison to your child, he should not be treated as a riding toy.
There is an actual disease; Intervertbral Disc Disease that results in a dog becoming a special needs dog. It is covered and followed through a few families in my book ‘Caring for Your Special Needs Dog.’ There are some breeds that are more likely to suffer from this disease but an injury such as pressure applied to the back from a child riding on a dog could be enough to rupture the disc.
There are many special needs conditions that we cannot prevent. My dog, Oscar has epilepsy. There was nothing I could do to prevent his condition, however through common sense and prevention measures you can help keep your dog safe special needs free.
Let your child play with your dog but in a way that is fun and safe for them both. Never let your child ride your dog, regardless of your dog’s size. Teach your child that it is not acceptable to ride on your dog. That is what those fun toys from the toy store are for. Do what you can to prevent what special needs conditions you can.
You can learn more about easy, owner friendly dog care in “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog.” So many dog owners are caring for their dogs by easy, common sense methods. My book, “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” shares such tips, along with inspirational stories of owners making it work. “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” may be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. A PDF copy may be purchased here and is accessible to anyone with a computer. A percentage of the profits from “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” go to The Texas A&M Foundation to the benefit of the Neurology Section, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinarian Medicine.
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