Dog diseases impact your life as a dog parent with worry, sleepless nights, and confusion because you’re often caught by surprise, faced with life or death decisions for your dog, and even worse, your veterinarian may not know about your dog’s condition which could lead you on an expensive and frustrating search for dog health specialists to heal your sick dog.
This news brief gives you a picture of what millions of dog owners repeatedly deal with when their dog gets sick so you’ll understand what you need to do for your dog if she becomes ill.
Dog Diseases: 3 Decisions to Make When Your Dog Gets Sick
- Symptoms – You can’t move fast enough if you notice your dog’s behavior is stranger than normal or your dog’s bark sounds like a scream and he bangs his head against the wall. Bundle up your dog, call your veterinarian and bring your dog to your local animal emergency hospital. Thousands of dog owners regret one thing, and it’s always that they waited too long to get help for their dog. Potentially fatal diseases include cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and neurological diseases like Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis (GME). Many dog diseases have no known causes and dog owners find it difficult to decide how to deal with their dog’s seizures, pain or chronic medical condition. There are times when your dog will need animal hospital emergency care rather than suffering in your home.
- Medications – Your next painful decision is whether to give your dog drugs that have potential side effects, or to seek alternative health solutions from non-conventional holistic veterinarians. Your vet will most likely spell out what the prescribed medication is and why your dog needs it. Then, your choice comes down to what you think is best for your dog and your budget. Do you say thank you and take your sick dog for a second opinion? For thousands of dog owners who come to grips with dog diseases, there’s no time for a second opinion. Check out the benefits of dog health insurance for your dog when he’s healthy so you’ll have coverage for many dog health costs when your dog needs medical care from a chronic disease.
- Quality of Life – Some dog owners with dogs that need continuous veterinarian consultations to monitor their dog’s health condition spend several hours a day caring for their dog. There are visits to specialists, emergencies for seizures, unexpected reactions and complications that put additional stress on dog owners and your dog. Is there a simple answer to what you should do when your dog gets sick? Every situation for you and your dog has unique factors that make dog diseases a huge emotional challenge for all dog owners. All you can do is make the best decision for the quality of life for your dog and your family.
This news brief highlights the 3 critical decisions you need to make if your dog becomes ill or needs immediate life-saving dog medical care. Dog Health News suggests that dog parents learn as much as they can about their dog’s breed and any potential health diseases or challenges so you can be prepared to take care of your dog. You may want to look for veterinarians who specialize in preventive or alternative care if you prefer more natural ways to care for your dog’s health.
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