No one expects to get injured or sick, but it happens. Depending on the severity of either, your life could change in many ways. That includes how you take care of your four-legged friend(s).
As a pet owner, you already know the basics of how to care for your pets. Giving them food and water, keeping them clean, and letting them get some physical activity each day are all important factors in proper care. But, even the simplest of those tasks can become a challenge, depending on your illness or injury.
Whether you’re having mobility issues due to an injury or you’re too sick to do the everyday tasks needed to keep your pets happy and healthy, don’t worry. You know better than anyone that your constant companion is part of the family, so take whatever steps necessary to make sure they’re still being cared for while you heal and recover.
Not exactly sure how to do that? Let’s go over some helpful ideas.
Staying Home With Your Pet
Being sick or injured usually means you’ll be spending quite a bit of time resting at home. But, you might also have to go to doctors, specialists, physical therapy, or other appointments for treatment. Depending on where you live, seeing certain medical professionals might require you to do some traveling.
If you’re not home, your pet isn’t getting the care they need. Hiring a pet-sitter or even having a family member or friend stay at your house can be a good option. But, it’s likely your pet (dogs, especially) is still going to miss you. Dogs show how they care by:
- Licking you
- Staring at you
- Wagging their tail
- Rolling over
- Following you
If you’re considering letting someone stay in your house while you’re away, it’s a good idea to introduce them to your pet ahead of time. See your pet’s responses and reactions, and how they really feel about that person before deciding if it’s the right fit.
Alternatively, you may be able to attend some medical appointments by utilizing telemedicine opportunities. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine has become more popular than ever. It’s a great way to receive medical care and talk with a doctor or specialist from the comfort of your own home. While some appointments may need to be in person, using telemedicine to your advantage whenever possible will allow you to spend more time at home with your pet.
Getting Help When You Need It
Having a support group around you is not only good for your own mental health, but it can also help you take better care of your pet when you’re sick or hurt, too. There are people in your life who care about you, so don’t be afraid to lean on them.
Dogs, especially, need regular exercise and play. If you’re not able to do that, asking a friend or family member to come over and walk with them or take them to the park can make a big difference. They can also help if you have to be away for a few hours at a time.
For example, if you were injured at work and you’re dealing with legal issues, you might need to make several appointments with a personal injury attorney. You may not necessarily need someone to stay at your house overnight, but asking them to be there for your pet while you’re at an appointment can help your furry companion stay calm and get the care they need.
Whatever the case, pushing yourself too much can make things worse. You might hinder your treatment or have a slower recovery process. You might think no one can take care of your pet like you. But, it’s important to let other people help as much as possible until you’re feeling better and stronger.
Making Health a Priority
Not all illnesses and injuries are preventable. But, living a healthy lifestyle and staying active can help to reduce your risk of many diseases, including:
- Type II diabetes
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers
Preventative health is a great way to keep yourself safe and strong. Everything from eating right to getting enough exercise can boost your immune system, and may even make your bones and muscles stronger so you’re less susceptible to injury.
It’s also important to make health a priority for your furry friend. Not only will keeping them physically active improve their overall physical health, but it can actually provide them with feelings of happiness that last throughout the day.
Caring for your pets when you’re sick or injured isn’t always easy. You might have to change some things about your routine, or ask for help from others to ensure your best friend gets everything they need. But, the more you focus on your long-term health, the sooner you can heal/recover, and start providing the best care possible to your pet once more.