Once your pet has been to the vet, it’s not easy to come back home and care for your sick pet. However, the following tips might help you to weather this difficult time until your pet is up and about. When your dog has to take pills and you’re not comfortable placing the pill on the back of the dog’s tongue there are alternatives. For example, you can crush the pill and feed it with food. However, some savvy dogs might refuse to eat if you do this, so you can try hiding the pill in peanut butter, cheese, or meat and have them lick it off your hand. Another way is to hide the pill in a small piece of oatmeal bar; the fruit filling usually disguises the pill smell. If your dog won’t drink, try floating pieces of meat in the water; as your dog bobs for the meat, he/she is likely to start lapping up water as well. Feeding your dog cooked veggies such as potatoes and carrots will also add water to your dog’s diet. If your dog has lost his/her appetite, you could try scrambled eggs, soft pieces of cooked chicken, white rice, or even baby food.
Some toys that may entertain your sick dog could include chew toys, such as deer or bison antlers, teething rings, or ice cubes. Playing quiet classical music or wrapping your dog in an old t-shirt might provide the comfort your pooch needs to start feeling better.
Don’t forget to look after yourself to prevent burn out; get some sleep, take breaks, and don’t skip meals when you’re looking after a sick pet. Have a family member or friend take over the care for a while, if your pet has an extended period of illness.