Special Needs Dogs
The Special Needs designation includes a range of physical disabilities, chronic medical conditions, or behavioral issues that require ongoing vigilance or special care to manage. The classification can apply to animals with obvious physical differences such as missing, deformed, or paralyzed limbs. It can also apply to those with functional limitations, such as animals who are blind or deaf. Dogs with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, persistent allergies, or cancer are often considered Special Needs as well. Still others may have social or behavioral limitations, including severe separation anxiety or extreme situational fears. Previously abused animals may fall into this category.
Current Special Needs Dogs
When her veterinarians examined fourteen-month-old Minnie for a possible urinary tract infection, they discovered that this spunky young girl had an inverted vulva, only one functioning kidney and some other abnormalities. She underwent surgery at Texas A&M University, and her prognosis is good, though her adopters will need to be vigilant about preventing future UTIs and she will need incontinence medications for the rest of her life.
Clayton's touch-and-go medical troubles captivated the hearts of thousands of ESRA friends worldwide. He has become a celebrated ambassador across the country for ESRA's Special Needs Springers. He is thriving now, thanks to this program and supporters.