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Taking Care of Your Sick Dog


Just like humans, dogs are subject to diseases and illnesses. If your dog gets sick, you may have to take him to the vet for treatment or even surgery. Your dog may have to stay at the clinic for a few days. When he comes home you will have to take care of your sick dog so that he completely recovers.

If your dog has been away from home for one or two days he will be excited and happy to be back again. Staying in the veterinarian clinic was most likely a frightening experience for your sick dog because of the strange people, smells and noises.

As excited as he may be, your dog instinctively knows that he needs rest. Try to provide a comfortable place where he can sleep. He needs to be undisturbed by people coming and going. If you have children, make sure they understand that the dog needs to rest and cannot play like he used to - at least until he fully recovers, anyway.

Give your sick dog a comfortable bed to sleep on. He should be warm and the bedding should be easily washable. A soft cushion covered with a sheet makes a good convalescent bed.

Your vet probably gave you instructions on how to care for your dog. You may have to give him medicine or change his bandages. Your dog may not understand where his source of discomfort is coming from and may try to bite you when you try to touch his wounds. You have to constantly reassure him with gentle movements and soft words that you are not going to hurt him.

Your dog needs plenty of fluid during his recovery period. If he gets dehydrated it can affect his kidneys. Make sure he has a bowl of fresh water at all times, and if he is not drinking by himself you will have to give him water from a bottle or turkey baster. You may have to raise his muzzle slightly so that the he can swallow. If you cannot get your sick dog to drink, call the vet. Your dog may have to get fluids intravenously.

Your dog has different nutritional requirements while he recovers from his sickness or injury. Food should be given in small amounts and can be slightly warmed to make it more palatable to your dog. You can supplement his food with vitamins and minerals - see what your veterinarian recommends.

You'll probably have to give your sick dog medicine, and this can be one of the hardest things in the world. Liquid medication can be squirted down his throat, but pills are more problematical. Hide them in his food and he is likely to spit them out. Pills have to be placed on the back of the tongue and doing this without losing a finger or two is a real art. If you keep his upper lip between your fingers and his teeth he will not bite down, and this allows you to put the pill on his tongue.

Some dogs are just plain stubborn and no amount of coaxing or fighting will make that medicine go down their throats. If your dog is one of these, you may need to take him to the vet. A bit annoying - but better than not getting the medication your dog needs to recover.

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Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold - NewsChannel5.com
'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

'That's life-threatening': how to keep pets safe amid the cold weather - Knoe.com
'That's life-threatening': how to keep pets safe amid the cold weather  Knoe.com

Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people? - WTHR
Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people?  WTHR

Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips - KSLA
Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips  KSLA

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

Jen's World: Pets help the nest feel less empty - PostBulletin.com
Jen's World: Pets help the nest feel less empty  PostBulletin.com

We Love Our Pets, and IDEXX Knows It - Motley Fool
We Love Our Pets, and IDEXX Knows It  Motley Fool

Critter Corner: There are many ways to stimulate your pet bird or reptile mentally - The Mercury News
Critter Corner: There are many ways to stimulate your pet bird or reptile mentally  The Mercury News

Fur-ever Friends: Adoptable pets available 11/12/19 - WJAC Johnstown
Fur-ever Friends: Adoptable pets available 11/12/19  WJAC Johnstown

Officials are reminding pet owners to bring their pets in from the frigid cold temperatures - WVVA TV
Officials are reminding pet owners to bring their pets in from the frigid cold temperatures  WVVA TV

Bracing for the cold: pipes, pets, helping the homeless - 12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC
Bracing for the cold: pipes, pets, helping the homeless  12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC

SICSA: Bring pets inside; if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them - WHIO
SICSA: Bring pets inside; if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  WHIO

Pets of the week, Nov. 13 | News - Hickory Daily Record
Pets of the week, Nov. 13 | News  Hickory Daily Record

Local News Here's how you can keep your pets safe with the cold weather James Groh - WTMJ-TV
Local News Here's how you can keep your pets safe with the cold weather James Groh  WTMJ-TV

Skip the TV: PACC waiving adoption fees on black-furred pets on Black Friday - KVOA Tucson News
Skip the TV: PACC waiving adoption fees on black-furred pets on Black Friday  KVOA Tucson News

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19)  ABC15 Arizona

See something special in Jenny and 5 other adoptable pets in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley - The Pasadena Star-News
See something special in Jenny and 5 other adoptable pets in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley  The Pasadena Star-News

South Beloit looks to CARE for PETS organization to take care of feral cats - WIFR
South Beloit looks to CARE for PETS organization to take care of feral cats  WIFR

Protecting plants, pets, and people as the temperatures turn cold - WTOC
Protecting plants, pets, and people as the temperatures turn cold  WTOC

Seat alarm designed to save kids, pets from hot car deaths - fox5sandiego.com
Seat alarm designed to save kids, pets from hot car deaths  fox5sandiego.com

Haven Humane Society needs help purchasing a machine that keeps pets warm, post-surgery - KRCRTV.COM
Haven Humane Society needs help purchasing a machine that keeps pets warm, post-surgery  KRCRTV.COM

Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths - CNN
Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths  CNN

Scientists develop sensor to save children, pets left in vehicles - Science Daily
Scientists develop sensor to save children, pets left in vehicles  Science Daily

Oklahoma family devastated after losing home, pets in fire - KFOR Oklahoma City
Oklahoma family devastated after losing home, pets in fire  KFOR Oklahoma City

7 pets killed in travel trailer fire | KEYE - KEYE TV CBS Austin
7 pets killed in travel trailer fire | KEYE  KEYE TV CBS Austin

County offers pets place to put their paws - Suburban Journals
County offers pets place to put their paws  Suburban Journals

Picture your Pets with Santa set for first 2 weekends in December - WDRB
Picture your Pets with Santa set for first 2 weekends in December  WDRB

7 pets killed, 2 people displaced in eastern Travis County trailer fire, officials say - Austin American-Statesman
7 pets killed, 2 people displaced in eastern Travis County trailer fire, officials say  Austin American-Statesman

Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them - KAIT
Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  KAIT

Pets, plants affected by the cold weather - BRProud.com
Pets, plants affected by the cold weather  BRProud.com

Jacksonville organization providing free dog houses for people with outdoor pets - CBS19.tv KYTX
Jacksonville organization providing free dog houses for people with outdoor pets  CBS19.tv KYTX

Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald - The State Journal-Register
Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald  The State Journal-Register

Woman dies in Yakima mobile home fire along with numerous pets - YakTriNews KAPP-KVEW
Woman dies in Yakima mobile home fire along with numerous pets  YakTriNews KAPP-KVEW

More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price - Minnesota Public Radio News
More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price  Minnesota Public Radio News

Israel under Gaza rockets: Caring for your pets in times of emergency - The Jerusalem Post
Israel under Gaza rockets: Caring for your pets in times of emergency  The Jerusalem Post

Fifth Annual Sweat For Pets - Tucson Weekly
Fifth Annual Sweat For Pets  Tucson Weekly

San Bernardino County program saving shelter pets from euthanasia - San Bernardino County Sun
San Bernardino County program saving shelter pets from euthanasia  San Bernardino County Sun

Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Gracie - RADIO.COM
Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Gracie  RADIO.COM

Baz needs a home -- and so do other pets across Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay Times
Baz needs a home -- and so do other pets across Tampa Bay  Tampa Bay Times

| PETS: The “Poodle” and the “Purr” - The Kittanning Paper
| PETS: The “Poodle” and the “Purr”  The Kittanning Paper

Two local shelters give Veterans pets for free - WILX-TV
Two local shelters give Veterans pets for free  WILX-TV

Winter Wellness: Prioritizing Pet Safety As Temperatures Plummet - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Winter Wellness: Prioritizing Pet Safety As Temperatures Plummet  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

How to protect your pets, plants, and pipes during colder weather - WCBI
How to protect your pets, plants, and pipes during colder weather  WCBI

Pets also need protection in cold weather - KSAT San Antonio
Pets also need protection in cold weather  KSAT San Antonio

Porky pets: 50% more obese dogs and cats than a year ago, says research - Sky News
Porky pets: 50% more obese dogs and cats than a year ago, says research  Sky News

NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019  NJ.com

'For Pet's Sake' - Bakersfield Now
'For Pet's Sake'  Bakersfield Now

Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire - The Denver Channel
Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire  The Denver Channel

Global Pet Care Market 2018-2022 | Popularity of Pet Fashion Among Pet Owners to Boost Growth | Technavio - Yahoo Finance
Global Pet Care Market 2018-2022 | Popularity of Pet Fashion Among Pet Owners to Boost Growth | Technavio  Yahoo Finance

Alice Joy Murphy 'Paints' Horses and Pets with Pencils - Santa Barbara Independent
Alice Joy Murphy 'Paints' Horses and Pets with Pencils  Santa Barbara Independent

People, Pets In South Jersey Breaking Out The Winter Attire With This Early Taste Of Arctic-Like Cold - CBS Philly
People, Pets In South Jersey Breaking Out The Winter Attire With This Early Taste Of Arctic-Like Cold  CBS Philly

Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey!  KGO-TV

Here's a chance to get free rabies shots, microchips for your pets - mySanAntonio.com
Here's a chance to get free rabies shots, microchips for your pets  mySanAntonio.com

7 People, 6 Pets Displaced In Structure Fire Near San Ramon - Patch.com
7 People, 6 Pets Displaced In Structure Fire Near San Ramon  Patch.com

Local News Reminder: Bring your pets inside if the temp drops below 20 degrees Katie Cox - WRTV Indianapolis
Local News Reminder: Bring your pets inside if the temp drops below 20 degrees Katie Cox  WRTV Indianapolis

Pet experts recommend bringing your dog inside during record-breaking arctic blast - WLBT
Pet experts recommend bringing your dog inside during record-breaking arctic blast  WLBT

Township officials say family's goats, chickens are not pets - WPXI Pittsburgh
Township officials say family's goats, chickens are not pets  WPXI Pittsburgh

Exotic pets take center stage at upcoming Reptile Expo - WEAU
Exotic pets take center stage at upcoming Reptile Expo  WEAU

The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019 - Los Angeles Times
The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019  Los Angeles Times

Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving for Pets - Patch.com
Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving for Pets  Patch.com

Learn More About the Valley's Coolest Pets - Phoenix New Times
Learn More About the Valley's Coolest Pets  Phoenix New Times

NJ dog deaths: Owner urges neighbors to protect their pets after deaths of her two dogs - Asbury Park Press
NJ dog deaths: Owner urges neighbors to protect their pets after deaths of her two dogs  Asbury Park Press

Business Briefs: Food City to kick off Friends/Pets in Need Holiday Food Drive - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Business Briefs: Food City to kick off Friends/Pets in Need Holiday Food Drive  Chattanooga Times Free Press

St. Petersburg leaders take stand against Florida bill that would ban pets from certain areas - ABC Action News
St. Petersburg leaders take stand against Florida bill that would ban pets from certain areas  ABC Action News

Cleveland APL Pet of the Week: Winnie can be your sledding buddy this winter - Cleveland 19 News
Cleveland APL Pet of the Week: Winnie can be your sledding buddy this winter  Cleveland 19 News

A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine - The Atlantic
A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine  The Atlantic

Pets, plants and heaters: What you need to know as an Arctic Blast blows into Southeast Texas - 12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC
Pets, plants and heaters: What you need to know as an Arctic Blast blows into Southeast Texas  12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC

See a pet left outside in the cold? Here’s who to call - Cleveland 19 News
See a pet left outside in the cold? Here’s who to call  Cleveland 19 News

City Council Votes to Keep Alpacas as Pets in Escondido - NBC 7 San Diego
City Council Votes to Keep Alpacas as Pets in Escondido  NBC 7 San Diego

VCA Announces Partnership with Varian in the Fight Against Pet Cancer - PRNewswire
VCA Announces Partnership with Varian in the Fight Against Pet Cancer  PRNewswire

Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too! - PEOPLE.com
Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too!  PEOPLE.com

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 6, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 6, 2019  OregonLive

For Pet's Sake | Pedicures for your pet - fox56.com
For Pet's Sake | Pedicures for your pet  fox56.com

Long Island Family Desperate Pet Bird Be Returned After Seen Being Taken From Pet Store - NBC New York
Long Island Family Desperate Pet Bird Be Returned After Seen Being Taken From Pet Store  NBC New York

Straw bedding offers 'hope' for pets in frigid temps - nbc25news.com
Straw bedding offers 'hope' for pets in frigid temps  nbc25news.com

Glenville shelter gets over 40 pets at once - The Daily Gazette
Glenville shelter gets over 40 pets at once  The Daily Gazette

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Shannon - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Shannon  KCBD

Look for a senior pet from area shelters. They make great companions - NOLA.com
Look for a senior pet from area shelters. They make great companions  NOLA.com

Pet Photos with Santa! - - The Hyattsville Wire
Pet Photos with Santa! -  The Hyattsville Wire

No laws when you’ve got paws: Pet therapy on campus - The Rider News
No laws when you’ve got paws: Pet therapy on campus  The Rider News

WAKE UP YOUR PET: Local dog boarder provides a home for the holidays - NBC Right Now
WAKE UP YOUR PET: Local dog boarder provides a home for the holidays  NBC Right Now

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department offers free pet microchipping - KRQE News 13
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department offers free pet microchipping  KRQE News 13

Local church runs food pantry for pets - WJAC Johnstown
Local church runs food pantry for pets  WJAC Johnstown

The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners - The New Yorker
The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners  The New Yorker

Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets - Today.com
Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets  Today.com

You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 9-10 - SILive.com
You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 9-10  SILive.com

Uxbridge police may offer pet CPR class - Milford Daily News
Uxbridge police may offer pet CPR class  Milford Daily News

The world's biggest Burmese python is this man's pet snake - New York Post
The world's biggest Burmese python is this man's pet snake  New York Post

RaeLynn Adopts New Dog Which Reminds Her of Late Service Pet - Taste of Country
RaeLynn Adopts New Dog Which Reminds Her of Late Service Pet  Taste of Country

Predator attacks on pets worries owners - Powell Tribune
Predator attacks on pets worries owners  Powell Tribune

These adorable pets need new homes! - WCVB Boston
These adorable pets need new homes!  WCVB Boston

WV officers seize exotic pets from shop accused of cruelty - WPXI Pittsburgh
WV officers seize exotic pets from shop accused of cruelty  WPXI Pittsburgh

The benefits of senior pets - FOX 31 Denver
The benefits of senior pets  FOX 31 Denver

Redbarn® Pet Products Launches New Website Focused on Educating Pet Parents - PRNewswire
Redbarn® Pet Products Launches New Website Focused on Educating Pet Parents  PRNewswire

Pet Tales: Maine coon cats make great therapy pets - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Maine coon cats make great therapy pets  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pet gifts 2019: ‘Purrfect’ finds for your four-legged friends - Seattle Times
Pet gifts 2019: ‘Purrfect’ finds for your four-legged friends  Seattle Times

The Wet Nose Project | Saving pets one fundraiser at a time - KSDK.com
The Wet Nose Project | Saving pets one fundraiser at a time  KSDK.com

The Pet Shop: Sometimes pets need pets, too - Greensboro News & Record
The Pet Shop: Sometimes pets need pets, too  Greensboro News & Record

November is national Adopt-A-Senior Pet month - WVVA TV
November is national Adopt-A-Senior Pet month  WVVA TV

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