Just like we can, our loving pet dogs can undergo illnesses that can stop them from being their usual happy and vibrant selves. Dogs can contract many different illnesses similar to humans including cancers, arthritis and diabetes. Of course, initially, we do what we can, and because dogs can’t exactly tell us they are unwell or they have noticed symptoms themselves, it is down to us to spot the signs that something isn’t right. With that in mind, here is what you could do if you realize that your pet is unwell.
Taking Care Of Your Pet Dog When They Are Out Of Sorts
Take them to the vets
One of the first things you should do if you noticed something isn't right with your pet dog is take them to your vet. Many owners will have regularly taken their dog for things like vaccinations, and this can then be highlighted in the history, much like we have records with our GP. So they will be aware of what would be normal, and perhaps what will need further investigation. Dogs can contract long term illness like cancer, and often these can be identified much the same way in terms of lumps appearing on the body where they shouldn’t be. Regularly check your dog to ensure they are looking well and if something doesn’t seem right it is always best to be safe than sorry.
Take advice on medication
It is always a good idea to take the advice on what the vet will say in terms of medication and in most cases, they will provide a course of what is needed to try and help your dog remain comfortable and also treat whatever the problem may be.
One of the biggest things we may need to think about is overcoming psychological issues with our pets, as they can struggle with things like anxiety and depression just like we can. Often this is something that is harder to spot, so you may want to notice some of the signs such as crying or being agitated when you leave the house, for example. Distraction could work well here, and a rawhide chew could be ideal for taking their mind off it. This is when websites like healthy-chews.com can prove useful. You might also want to think about alternative therapies like water and swimming, or even different herbal supplements that your dog could try.
Keep them comfortable
It is important that throughout it all you do keep your pet dog as computable as possible. That might mean things like a new bed, or a warmer environment in which to sleep. You could move the bed closer to a radiator in the winter, or add additional blankets to where they sleep to help them be comfortable. Just like us, they want to feel secure and able to rest.
Be aware of costs
Finally, it is also advisable to be aware of the costs involved. This is when it may be worth considering pet insurances when you first introduce a dog to your family, so that you are able to cover for certain costs and treatments. It helps you to give your pet the best level of care possible.
Let’s hope that this has highlighted some of the things you could do and try if your pet dog gets unwell.