How To Cope When Your Pets Are Sick

Pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling. If they’re in physical pain, they can whimper of course, but more often when they’re feeling ill, they often do so in silence. We have to watch carefully for clues. If a pet is sleeping too much, we can never tell if it’s just because they are tired or whether they are actually sick with something we should worry about like a tumor or a parasite. You can never be too attentive regarding your pet’s physical well being.

My friend Suzannah had a challenge a week ago. Her little pooch Mishka had scampered through their back gate and eaten something from the sidewalk. Within a day Mishka was both sluggish and suffering from excessive diarrhea. She took her to the vet immediately. The diagnosis was Giardia, a serious parasite and the problem was cured in less than a week, but it involved a few sleep-deprived nights because her puppy had to wear a Comfy Cone as an essential part of the healing process, and was extremely troubled by it. She would wake my friend at all hours, as if to say to her: “I can’t sleep with this cone; now watch me pull it off!” This is the part of loving animals where w e know in our hearts that they appreciate us.  And we keep asking ourselves, what else can we do? My friend didn’t mind and was delighted that Mishka has now fully recovered.

Suzannah has this advice: “If something is even a little off with your pet, pay close attention to every sign you can. Make a list. Later, when speaking with your veterinarian be sure to ask as many questions as you can, as well as be ready to have answers for what they ask you. This is where paying attention is essential. The goal is to get a clear, accurate diagnosis. Reaching out to friends is vital. I’m extremely grateful to you, Linda for your invaluable support throughout this whole ordeal. Reaching out to you helped me remain calm under pressure. – Our pets are always worth losing a little sleep over. But we all rest easier when we’re well informed about what our favorite animals are dealing with.”

This is good advice, I would only emphasize that it’s important to have a support system of friends and pet-professionals. I was glad to be there for Suzannah, and here at Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique, we are always available to talk to you about your pet’s health and vitality. We take that very seriously.

Also, we have in stock designer fashionable Comfy Cones that allow your pets to eat, drink and heal in the comfort of their homes.

* Giardia is a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhea. Giardia is found on surfaces or in soil, food, or water that has been contaminated with feces (poop) from infected humans or animals. This disease may be contagious to people from infected dogs so good sanitary practices, like washing your hands after handling an infected puppy, are very important. If a family member develops similar clinical signs, a physician should be consulted.

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