Every dog owner’s worst nightmare is their pup getting sick, but unfortunately, just like us, dogs do feel a bit under the weather from time to time. When that happens, it can be a stressful time for both of you. To help you nurse your furry friend back to health, we’ve assembled a brief guide on how to properly take care of your dog when they’re sick, so let’s get right into it.
Know When to Rest and When to Exercise
All dogs need adequate amounts of rest and exercise to live a happy and healthy life, but you may need to adjust the amount of time your dog spends sleeping or exercising while they recover.
Ask your vet about any particular physical needs your sick pup may have. Some dogs will have to take time off from all forms of exercise, including playing, walking, etc., and it’s up to you to make sure they do. You might also have to keep your dog in a confined crate to make sure they don’t exert or hurt themself. If your vet gives you the green light to exercise your dog, focus on low-energy activities to avoid overexertion, as it can make their condition worse.
Pay Attention to Their Food
From decreased appetite and upset stomach to diarrhea and vomiting, feeding a sick dog can be quite stressful. In most cases, bland food like white rice, boiled chicken, bone broth, and scrambled eggs can help relieve some of these symptoms while also giving your dog the nutrition they need to recover.
Your vet might prescribe a special type of food for your pup, depending on their condition. For example, if they have idiopathic epilepsy, they might recommend a specific type of food with certain ingredients that can help protect your dog from seizures and reduce their frequency. In such a case, you need to make sure all members of the household are aware of your dog’s new dietary restrictions because even the smallest amounts of other food or treats could upset their stomach.
Monitor Their Condition
You need to carefully monitor your pup’s condition and take note of any problems. If they’re taking medication, be sure to learn about the side effects to know what to watch out for. You also need to keep an eye on your dog’s urine and feces. While in some cases, your vet might warn you to expect some abnormalities, they can sometimes be a sign of a serious problem.
If your fur baby was injured or has undergone surgery, regularly check the wound and look out for any swelling or redness that may indicate an infection. If their condition is not improving, getting worse, or if your pup shows any unusual symptoms or behavior, you need to contact your vet right away.
Your beloved dog can’t care for themself when they’re sick, so it’s up to you to provide them with everything they need for a successful recovery. Caring for your furry friend will not only help them feel better faster, but it can also save you money by eliminating the need for return trips to the vet. So go ahead and shower your pup with loving support, make sure their surrounding environment is conducive to good health, and provide them with the nutrition and medication they need to feel like themself again.
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