When your pet is sick, it’s scary for both of you. Uncertainty about the vet’s diagnosis, anxiety that the condition is terminal, and fear of disease’s extent all weigh heavily. Many questions and worries surround cancer.
You want to help your beloved dog during this difficult time. You can’t reverse or prevent cancer, but you can ensure your dog’s happiness and health. Here are some recommendations for caring for a dog in the early cancer stages.
Share Your Concerns and Emotions During Early Cancer Stages… And the Others
Keeping your dog’s diagnosis a secret from those that will be overly concerned and not understanding how to comfort you can reduce their stress and yours. Knowing your dog’s diagnosis and treatment choices will help you cope. It’s vital to be honest about your feelings, but your dog may not share them. Knowing you and your dog may not have the same thoughts could allow you to communicate with one another better.
Find Support Through Your Vet
A cancer-savvy vet can help you and your dog cope with the diagnosis and treatment. Don’t feel criticized or like your dog’s cancer is “no big deal.”
Tell your vet your concerns and feelings. You may educate yourself and your vet on your dog’s cancer journey by discussing your feelings and asking questions. Your veterinarian and veterinary oncologist can be a great resource for not only your dog, but also for you as your dog’s guardian.
Make Your Pet’s Environment Comfortable and Safe
Spending time with your dog relieves stress and improves their health. If your dog is hospitalized or undergoing chemotherapy, this could be challenging. You’ll want to make sure your dog’s environment is safe and pleasant to prevent bed sores and other skin or respiratory disorders. Be sure to clip your dog’s nails and prevent excessive scratching.
Schedule Regular Visits
You can’t cure cancer, but you can soothe your dog by spending some extra time with them each day. Regular visits can reduce your dog’s anxiety and make them feel safer if the visits are more routine. Regular visits might also help your dog open up to you, easing some doubt and apprehension. Your dog will be happy to see you, and being together can be reassuring.
Have a Supportive Atmosphere
You want the greatest treatment for your dog. You’ll also need support. As you begin cancer treatment, you may feel alienated and alone.
A supportive person can help. Having someone to confide in can make all the difference. By supporting yourself, you can be patient with your dog. When you’re relaxed, your dog will be too.
Keep Your Emotions in Check
Anxiety and stress are common, but they’re temporary. Your dog will need your support as much as you do. Talk to your vet and their care team for the best guidance.
Knowing there are others with similar concerns might be comforting. Cancer patients and their families can join support groups. Try to stay calm and comfortable for both you and your dog during this stressful period.