It is always worrisome and scary when your dog becomes unwell. Here are some things to consider to help your dog get better and to ease your stress.
1. Talk To Your Vet
Be honest with your vet about your dog’s health. It may sound silly but we often gloss over details because we don’t want to make a big deal or because we are worried. Leaving out information could make your dogs diagnosis long and sometimes more expensive.
2. Record Your Dogs Activity
Keep track of your dog’s general activity. Their mood, what they eat, how much they sleep, their potty habits… It may sound mundane but this can often help you map out any triggers or anything that’s causing an issue.
3. Get A Second Opinion
We build relationships with our veterinarians but not all veterinarians have the same experience. If you don’t feel confident with a potential diagnosis, it does not hurt to go and get a second opinion. Some veterinarians become more experienced in different fields than others.
4. Understand What Your Dog Is Going Through
All too many times dog’s are like sponges, they soak up what we’re going through. If you’re having additional stress in your life, it may be affecting your dog. Divorces, moving houses, babies, or work stress can all affect your dog.
5. Bring A Friend
Having someone else with you when you meet with your vet can be helpful. A sick pet can make for emotional and stressful times. A second set of ears to listen and help you make decisions for what’s best for your dog.