It depends on the attention the animal needs. In our case our dog has slight paralysis on one side of her body. This means being patient when the food goes all over the place, being there to clean her mouth and not getting angry when she gets slobber on the sofa. One of her shoulders is weaker than the other so sometimes when she heads off at a run she falls flat on her face. Overall we just try to keep a eye on her and at the first sign of infection or anything out of the ordinary call to the Vet. We never leave her outside alone either day or night. If we have to leave her alone in the house we leave her in the hall where we know that she is safe and cannot hurt herself.
Lots of hugs and love can do a lot to ease the life of either animals or humans.