This resource was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Cary Teller
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When your pet gets sick, it can be a very scary time. Your dog truly becomes a member of the family, and when they are sick your heart aches for them. It can be even more difficult when our pets fall ill because of the communication barrier. They can’t tell us what is hurting them and what they need in order to feel better. That is why it is so important to take care of your pet when they are sick. There are a few things that you can do in order to nurse them back to health as quickly as possible.
Essential Oils are extremely popular and are being used just about everywhere. Oils have been used to treat illnesses in humans for a very long time now. But, did you know that your essential oils stash can also help nurse your four-legged friend back to health? Yes, you can use your essential oils for dogs.
Great oils for the canine companion in your family are lavender, cardamom, and fennel.
Lavender is great for reducing anxiety in your dog. Being sick is scary, and so are vets. Using some Lavender before their vet visit can really help calm them down some. They may even fall asleep during the car ride over there! Cardamom is fantastic for helping increase your dogs appetite. This oil would be extremely useful after a nasty stomach bug or vomiting inducing illness. Lastly, Fennel is great at breaking down toxins. This oil is great to give to your pup if you just don’t know what could be wrong with them. It will help get rid of any sickness that is hiding inside of them.
Keep Them Hydrated
Just like humans, when a dog is sick they often do not feel like eating or drinking. It is very important for you to constantly push fluids on them to prevent dehydration. Dehydration can be very serious for your pets, just like it is for humans. It can cause them to feel worse than they already do. It can also lead to other serious health issues. If you are finding it difficult to get your dog to drink, constantly offer them small cups of water.
Adding in electrolyte replacement powder is also a good idea to ensure that they are staying hydrated and alert. If your dog begins showing severe signs of dehydration, call your vet immediately. They will need IV fluids to help them get back onto the road to recovery.
Clean Them Often
Nobody likes to feel dirty, even our pets. If your pet is constantly vomiting or has diarrhea, bath them after every accident. It can be a daunting task, but wouldn’t you clean yourself up after every accident? Avoid punishing your pet for accidents that they may have in the house at this time. They may not be able to control themselves, and punishing them at this time will only cause them to have more stress and anxiety.
Cleaning your pet also makes them feel secure and loved. It is a great time to bond with them and to let them know that they are going to be okay. If you have a large enough bucket, try and move bath time to the front yard. The sun’s warmth on their skin can really help perk them up and make them feel better.
If you find yourself struggling to take care of a sick pet, reach out for help. There are so many support pages that you can turn to for advice. Just remember to be there for your pet and take every single one of their needs into account. Don’t forget to make them get up and walk around every few hours to prevent bed sores and blood clots. They can develop the same issues that we can when we are bedridden. Don’t worry, you got this. Your dog will really appreciate everything that you do for them.
“Cary Teller is an Oregon native who loves exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Milo, a 2-year old gorgeous and cuddly mastiff.”