Few things in life are worse than knowing your child is sick. For some of us, this child we speak of has four legs and a full coat of fur. Yes, having a sick little one can be a heart wrenching experience for pet parents too. The real difference between having a sick child and a sick pet is the parent’s level of preparedness.
Parents typically have a general idea of what to do when their child is sick as they’ve had to deal with similar ailments themselves. However, things change a bit when you’re dealing with a pet. Standard protocol no longer fits as your pet’s bodily functions and behaviors are completely different from your own. So what can you do to make sure your furry friend is well taken care of on a sick day? We’ve got a few helpful tips below. Be sure to get your pet to the vet, then implement these ten things in your care-giving routine to settle the unrest of both your pet and yourself.
- Offer unsweetened banana chips
This is the perfect treat for a sick pet. Plain banana chips help settle restless stomachs and are gentle on your pet’s digestive system.
- Keep rice on hand
This is also a good treat for an unsettled stomach. The bland taste of rice is easy on your pet’s tummy and is also good for balancing out digestive functions.
- Keep the fluids coming
Keeping your pet hydrated is crucial here. They will be losing a lot of fluids, and it’s up to you to make sure they’re replaced.
- Bring out the fuzzy blanket
This seems simple enough, but even the smallest details will help your pet find more comfort on a sick day. Keep a fuzzy blanket or their favorite bed close-by so they can easily find it to rest.
- Give lots of attention
Most pets prefer lots of attention on a daily basis, but this will hold especially true when they’re under the weather. If you can, try to stay home with your pet to give them the attention they need. If you can’t stay home, try to arrange for someone to check in on him or her throughout the day.
- Use a good carpet cleaner AND deodorizer
Keeping a carpet cleaner on hand is a given, however, a deodorizer will be just as important. After you’ve cleaned up the mess on the surface, be sure to follow up with a deodorizer. Most cleaners won’t eliminate odors on their own.
- Lay a protective surface down
Keeping a towel or plastic mat under your pet while they’re sick will help you prevent some of the mess. This shouldn’t be too difficult of a task as your pet will more than likely opt for staying in the same spot for most of the day.
- Clean the litter box and/or outdoor bathroom often
More frequent bathroom visits will mean more mess. This mess is not only inconvenient, but a potential health risk as well. Be sure to clean up after your pet more frequently when they’re sick. The mess can cause infection and further illness should they try to use the bathroom on top of it. Regularly check the mat or towel under your pet as well.
- Keep a log of what’s going on
Keeping track of your pet’s bathroom habits will be important when they’re sick. Make a log that you can bring with you to the vet to help them make a more accurate diagnosis. If the vet has prescribed a specific medication, be sure that your pet receives this medication as prescribed. Note behaviors after the medication is given to make sure you’re tracking and reporting any potential side-effects as well.
- Make sure your pet gets some rest
This is huge. Your pet will need as much rest as possible. A long walk may seem ideal given their more frequent need to use the bathroom, but you’re both better off keeping them in and resting to facilitate the healing process. As mentioned in point 4, keep a comfy bed on the main level of your home so they can access it easily. Encourage them to stay there and get some sleep by keeping food and toys nearby as well.
So there you have it! The top ten things you should implement when taking care of a sick pet. Another useful tool? The izon camera, of course! This will allow you to keep an eye on your furry friend while you’re out grabbing some rice and banana chips. Click here to check it out!