Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What's the best type of dog for someone with MS?

My mum is planning to move, and when she does, she says she'll get a dog. She has MS (multiple sclerosis) she wont be able to take it for walks, but will have a large yard. It would be great if you could recommend a lap dog, but one that can live with cats.What's the best type of dog for someone with MS?
The English toy spaniel, The adult English toy spaniel is approximately 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 9 to 15 pounds, The English toy spaniel is an adorable and affectionate toy breed.

The Japanese chin. This regal little dog stands 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder and the weight is 4 to 11 pounds. The Japanese chin is a sensitive, intelligent dog who lives only to please his master.

The Maltese, standing 8 to 10 inches high at the shoulder and weighing around 4 to 6 pounds, The Maltese is a loving and devoted family pet.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Weight: 13 — 18 lbs, Height: 12” — 13”

The King Charles is intelligent, easy to train, eager to please.
Disability is not an excuse for not exercising a dog. It is not difficult to give a dog proper exercise from a wheelchair, and she might even consider getting a wheelchair assistance dog. If your mother is bedridden she will not be able to care for a normal dog anyway and will need a properly trained service dog.What's the best type of dog for someone with MS?
All dogs need walked - it isn't just about the exercise, it's about getting the dog out into the real world for socialization and exposure. Dogs who don't get exposure to real life usually wind up neurotic.

This dog will also need trained, socialized, and groomed regularly. While i agree that dogs can be a huge benefit to people with MS and other ailments, if she can't assure this dog will get the care it needs then she probably should not get one.

I would absolutely suggest an older dog, not a puppy. Look for low energy. Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, etc. Plenty of physically challenged folks (people who can't provide a ton of exercise) come in for grooming and these are their dogs of choice.
Many of the dog's mentioned are hi maintenance. They not only need regular daily brushing but professional grooming.

Pugs or french bulldogs' are both friendly loving little dogs and low energy too.

something with a short coat would be best '

And "TEAM" Wheaton?? really?? Not only do they need loads of grooming they are no small dog.What's the best type of dog for someone with MS?
How cute. I would suggest getting a small dog:


Yorkshire Terriers


Wheaten Terriers (My personal favorite.)

Or maybe even a Maltese?

Make sure your Mother is committed to a dog.
a friend of mine had a daughter with down syndrom and another friend had a mds a soft coated wheaten terrior worked wanders and also helped with breathing some how they affected the downs girls asthma

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