Turbo the Chihuahua has been the subject of many inspiring news stories these past few weeks. The Today Show reported the tiny canine was born with a genetic defect that left him unable to walk on his own
. However, with the help of some ingenuity from an Indianapolis veterinarian, Turbo is back in action.Amy Birk, practice manager at The Downtown Veterinarian, was preparing to leave for the day when a towel-wrapped dog was brought into the facility by a couple. After being told by multiple clinics that nothing could be done for Turbo, they were at the end of their rope about what to do. Their own Chihuahua
had given birth to a litter of puppies that included a runt born with front legs that were undeveloped.
At 4 weeks old, Turbo only weighed 10 ounces. His siblings were keeping him from getting food, and his physical impairment
wasn't doing him any favors. Refusing to give up on the pup, Birk agreed to give Turbo the help he needed. Upon further examination, the veterinarian determined that the Chihuahua was in excellent health despite his disability.Most physically disabled canines are placed in carts to become mobile, but they have to be at least 6 months old to fit. The clinic got creative with Turbo by building a makeshift cart out of a ferret harness, pipes from a faux welding kit and wheels from a toy helicopter. With his newfound mobility, Turbo is full of spunk and has even gained enough weight to be a healthy 1 pound.There will always be animals in need of adoption, but it's important that people understand disabled pets aren't much worse off than healthy ones. Each requires the same love and care to thrive in any environment, and the right household can really turn their lives around.
Holding no prejudice
The Humane America Animal Foundation explained that disabled pets can be just as amazing as healthy ones, and accomplish feats like catching dog frisbees
in mid-air. These dogs and cats are able to live happy lives, as their disabilities do little to detract from the ability to love. Many can be born with complications or develop them early on, but over time they can easily adapt.Animals are just as resilient as humans when it comes to dealing with disabilities. As Turbo's triumphant story shows, you can never count them out of the running simply because they're different.According to the HAAF, some of the most common pet disabilities are blindness, deafness or loss of one limb
. But their afflictions do little to dampen their spirits - sightless dogs will still rub their noses on owners as signs of affection and wag their tails with delight then they walk in the door.While most disabled pets don't require special accommodations, some cases might call for harnesses and wheelchairs to give them more mobility. However, missing a limb will cause pets to place more stress on their other leg joints, which might lead to some physical complications down the road like arthritis. Their nails should be kept trimmed to help with their footing on hard, smooth surfaces like wood floors and tiles.Every pet, disabled or not, deserves a good home and loving owners. With a PetPlus.com
membership, pet parents have access to countless treatment options to ensure that their dogs are cared for and healthy. The affordable pricing and discounts on veterinarian appointments helps maintain your canine's well-being, leaving plenty of room for play time and long walks through the woods.SourcesThe Today ShowThe Humane America Animal Foundation