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No dog-owner likes to see their pet friend feel under the weather and act unlike themselves. If your dog is sick, sometimes he can benefit from the love and care offered at home. At other times, his condition may warrant a consultation with the vet. It is important to be able to tell the difference between each. If the illness affecting your dog is serious, it could result in a life or death decision.Measures to Take
- Familiarize yourself with your dog’s daily routine. By doing this, you will be alerted if he shows any abnormal pattern of behavior. Knowing when to call the vet is half the struggle.
- Do not feed him if he shows signs of vomiting or diarrhea. Not even treats or raw-hides should be allowed.
- Keep ready access of water for your dog to avail whenever he feels thirsty.
- Gradually introduce a diet of bland food to your dog after the period of starvation. The diet should include 1/3 easily digested protein and 2/3 easily digested starch.
- Don’t allow your dog to exhaust himself by playing or exercising excessively. Playtime should be restricted for a dog that is feeling unwell.
- Keep a close watch on its urine and stool output. Additionally, always keep an eye on him for symptoms. If you have to step out, appoint a person to look after your dog while you are away. Don’t leave him alone while he is sick.
- Set up your dog’s bed in an area where you can monitor it. Add blankets that exude your scent to keep him comforted.
- Ensure minimum light and noise where the dog is resting. It will allow him to have uninterrupted naps.
- Don’t let him near your other dogs, if any. You could risk transmission of the disease.
- Clean his bathroom area more frequently to keep away potential health risks that may result in further chances of infections/illness.
- Keep him from scavenging by securing your garbage.
- Dogs that show a lack of appetite need to be tempted into eating. The dog parent may heat the dog’s meal to make it more aromatic which will draw the dog’s interest towards it.
- Hide his medication in his meals, this will make the process of administering medication much easier.
If a dog is not severely unwell, he can be easily treated at home with some patience and kindness. Overseeing your dog’s condition, feeding him on time and cleaning after him are all that is required. However, if the dog begins to show symptoms that refuse to go away with time, it is wise to involve a vet.