What to Do When You Have A Sick Pet
It’s never fun when your pet is sick. The animal that you love, and that relies on you for its health, wellbeing and happiness is feeling bad, sad or distressed and it falls to you to save the day. Unfortunately, however much of a bond you might feel with your pet, it can’t tell you exactly what’s wrong, and you can’t tell it everything’s going to be ok!
Today we’re taking a look at some of the things to do if your pet is sick that can really help – things that will comfort them, keep them happy and help them recover faster.
Before you panic, assess the situation. From your own knowledge and experience, what do you think is wrong, and is it serious? If your pet is showing symptoms of sickness like vomiting and diarrhea, it might be unpleasant, and they might need care, but it also might not be a serious threat to their long term health.
If they’re showing very concerning symptoms (blood in the vomit, signs of pain, difficulty breathing, for example), or you simply can’t work out what’s wrong, then it might be time for a trip to the vet. Performing this basic triage will help you decide what your next steps, calm your panic, and potentially spare your vet an unneeded trip to the vet.
Separation and Comfort
If you have multiple pets, it might make sense to separate the sick animal from the group. It helps you keep them comfortable – you can provide food, water and blankets they don’t have to compete for – and it helps to spare them further distress and pain. If you’ve got a dog with an injured leg, being drawn into play with other dogs could exacerbate the wound, for example. There’s also the risk of infection, if your pet is ill rather than injured – moving your cat or dog to a sick room, rabbit to a smaller run or even moving a fish to a smaller quarantine tank can help keep the rest of your pets safe!
Even if your pet doesn’t seem to require medical attention, be ready for the situation to escalate. If your cat or dog doesn’t recover from bouts of vomiting within two to three days, or develops more serious symptoms alongside it, or what looked like a small cut shows signs of infection, you need to be ready to take action.
Make sure you search for “out of hours vets near me” so you know in advance where you can get help if the situation escalates out of your control in the middle of the night.