There’s no more worrying time for a dog owner than when their pet is sick. If you have a dog, you know this only too well – you can’t reassure your canine companion that everything is going to be ok, nor ask him to describe the exact symptoms he’s feeling to help find a solution. All you know is that he’s in distress, and it’s your job to help.
If your dog keeps vomiting, is limping or is otherwise less than his usual self, you need to know how to help him. Today we’re looking at a few simple things you can do.
One of the most important things you can do for your dog under any circumstances is help them stay hydrated. Many common health complaints like vomiting and diarrhea can actively dehydrate dogs, and many others make it harder for them to stay hydrated.
As a bare minimum, make sure they have constant access to clean, fresh water. If they’re injured or in pain, drinking may be difficult, so make it as easy for them as possible. If they’re suffering from sickness and diarrhea, then they may need to drink more often to replenish their reserves. In cases like this, it’s also worth looking into canine rehydration tablets to top up not only their fluid levels, but the electrolytes that need to be dissolved in those fluids.
An injured dog is likely to be less active than usual – and if they aren’t they probably should be! You can’t tell a dog to rest but what you can do is make sure everything they need is at floor level, and within reach. Gather their favourite toys, blankets and pillows and put them close to their bed. Set their water bowl close by, and if they want your company, sit with them yourself. This can help encourage them to rest as they need to, sparing injuries and giving themselves time to heal.
If necessary, you can confine them to a crate for enforced rest, but you should speak to your vet first.
Getting to the Vet
In some cases, a dog just needs rest, but in others a quick visit to the vet can stop a problem escalating into something more serious or even life threatening.
A consultation with an online vet can save you a lot of time, as well your dog the discomfort and anxiety of a visit to the surgery, so it’s worth looking into the services that are available. It’s also well worth knowing the location of your nearest physical vet’s surgery in case you have to make an emergency visit.
Vets bills can be expensive, so it’s worth looking into pet insurance. If you’re worried about your dog, you need to be able to make an appointment at the vet without delay, not worry about money first. Make sure you’re free to do what’s best for your dog, as soon as they need it!