Caring for a sick dog--The essential facts..

Caring for a sick dog is something that most owners will experience at some stage in their pet's life. Your veterinarian will advise you about care, but the following few tips will help you, to help your dog, during his period of convalescence.

Dependent, on how serious your dog's illness is, your vet should advise you about any likely complications, and what to do regarding any vomiting or diarrhoea. The vet will also inform you on the what, when, and how to feed your dog during this period of recovery. If he doesn't ask.

Familiar surroundings, a warm, soft bed, and a friendly face counts for a lot. Your dog trusts you, and this will help if the vet has given you instructions concerning administering medicine and/or the changing of bandages. When you are caring for a sick pet, remember that she will need reassurance, kind words, and if there is any manoeuvring to be done, it will need to be done gently.

If your dog is having a problem with standing, your going to have to help him to go outside to relieve himself. It might take two of you using some form of support, such as a towel or blanket placed underneath his belly in the form of a sling. This needs to be done regularly to prevent soiling of his bedding--which needs to be kept scrupulously clean. Likewise your dog. Any faeces can be washed away using a very mild shampoo, and then dried accordingly.

Dog with bandaged foot.

Dehydration can be a problem especially if your dog has been vomiting. Place his water bowl close by, pre- boil the water and allow it to cool.

If your pet has wounds, dependent on whereabouts, then your dog will inevitably try to lick, and possibly scratch them. This cannot be allowed. Although dogs hate them an Elizabethan collar will prevent this. Sometimes your going to have to be cruel to be kind. None more so than with--medicines

Administering medicine to a sick dog...

Some dogs are no problem when it comes to administering medicines--others are a nightmare. This type of dog you can often outsmart by concealing tablets in a treat. Soft cheese is good, as is pate. Some tablets can be crushed and sprinkled on his food--ask your vet if the type he has prescribed can be given like this. If this doesn't work then move to stage 2.

Stage 2: Have the tablet ready in your hand. You need to back him in to a corner--no escape--acting gently and talking reassuringly take his muzzle with one hand, raise it heavenwards, push down on the lips, the mouth will open, place the tablet at the back of the throat, close the mouth, and then rub his throat until your sure that he's swallowed it. Afterwards give him a treat. Repeat three hours later, and for the next 21 days. Caring for a sick pet is easy-peasy!

Your vet should have advised you about the when, and how far of exercise during convalescence. Take this advise seriously. Dogs have remarkable powers of recovery--even after the most awful of injuries. Don't be fooled by their growing enthusiasm and bounce. Wounds take time to heal. Illnesses take time to recover from.

Caring for a sick dog brings a dual reward--a recovered pal, and a radiant carer.

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