Caring for a sick dog – the Dos and the Donts

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The days when you’re sick are annoying, but the days when your pet is sick are worse. Your pet depends on you for their well-being and their care.

They cannot tell you how they feel and what they want. But as a pet parent, you are responsible for treating them with care. You should know how to provide them with first aid at home and when it’s high time for a vet visit.

It is where we are going to help you. We will tell you what to do and what not to do for your sick dog. This blog post will be your ultimate guide to responsible pet-parent.

The Dos:

Veterinary Consultation

First and foremost, if you notice your dog acting unusual or worrisome, consult a symptom as soon as possible. You can keep a notebook of your dog’s daily routine. It will ease identifying any changes in their behaviour.

You can observe these symptoms and ask your vet for help. They will guide you for medication, dosage, or other necessary care. Do remember that severe symptoms require immediate medical attention.

There’s one more thing we can’t ignore, motion sickness. If your dog gets travel sick or gets anxious, you can get a travel crate for your chihuahua or a greyhound harness for your buddy for safe travelling.

Provide a Peaceful Environment

Consider yourself ill and the environment you’d like in a similar situation. Make a cosy and peaceful room for your puppy. Create a calm space for your dog: free from the noise of television and children.

This quiet room will help them heal and recover faster. You can also ensure they have a warm blanket and a cosy bed for sleeping.

Maintain Hydration

Always keep a check on your dog’s hydration. Unless it is puking, you can give your pup access to water: at all times.

Please encourage them to drink as it will help in more immediate recovery. In some health conditions, the vet may advise you to provide additional fluids or administer them through syringes. Don’t forget to provide your sick dog with fresh water and help them if they can’t drink themselves.

Food Intake Monitoring

Let’s begin with their primary symptom; are they vomiting or experiencing diarrhoea? If yes, you can withhold all treats and food for your six-month older dogs. If your puppy is younger than six months, head to this article to learn what to do.

Now that we have cleared this part out, comes the second part. Start a bland diet (2-3 days) after withholding food for 24 hours. You can start with something simple that is easy to digest and nutritious.

Talk to your vet about your dog’s diet and ask for recommendations. Some veterinarians may hold back some food while others may encourage a few.

Prescribed Medication

Your vet will guide you regarding the medications for your sick puppy. Follow their prescription religiously.

Check if the vet asks to administer medicines before or after taking food so you can follow the guidelines. The dosage, frequency, and a medicine’s duration; are something you should never compromise on. Do you have more concerns or doubts about the prescriptions? Talk to your vet for advice.

Exercise and Mental Simulation

Don’t allow your dog to tire himself by playing outside or exercising. Resting is crucial for healing, especially if it’s a fracture. Take your dog outside to relieve himself, but don’t let him play out if he already feels tired. A sick dog requires a restriction on his exercise and playing hours.

However, some gentle training and mental simulation could be helpful. Confer your vet and take their opinions on this matter. They can guide you on the level of activity allowed to maintain your fur baby’s physical and mental health.

The Don’ts:

Say No to Self-Diagnosis

We understand the panic when you see your dog not doing well. But it does not mean you can self-diagnose or give dogs human medication.

While you’re trying to do good for your pet friend, it could do more harm than good. Similarly, human medicine can be toxic for them and worsen their condition.

Upon noticing unusual behaviours, talk to your vet for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Even chocolate to cheer that little paw can be dreadful.

No More Visitors

As we said, your dog may find a peaceful environment more relaxing and healing than a crowded room. A rush of visitors can make your dog anxious and interfere with their recovery.

Similarly, don’t let them hang around with other dogs. Sickness calls for isolation. It will help your ill puppy rest while the other healthy pups can prevent it from catching the disease.

Discontinuing Medicines

Just as we do not support the idea of self-diagnosis, we ask you not to pause a medicine; based on another self-diagnose. Follow the complete course of medication.

Even if your dog seems to improve, their underlying health could be at risk. Halting a medicine midway could result in a relapse or incomplete recovery. Always consult with your vet before deciding on stopping any medicine.

Pay Attention to Symptoms

Pay attention to your dog’s symptoms or behaviours and look for changes. Stay with them for the day or the week. Try not to leave them alone.

If you can’t stay home, ask someone to look after your paw pal. You can also call your vet’s clinic or any other place offering monitoring services and check if they’re available.

It is suggested not to leave your dog alone in a room (let alone the house) as the symptoms may worsen in hours and needs immediate attention.


Caring for sick dogs is challenging and responsible work. It requires constant attention, patience, and an alert mind. We outlined a few dos and don’ts in this blog post, but there are more you can ask from your vet.

From keeping a note of their daily activities and behaviours to identifying severe symptoms, monitoring their waste, and keeping the room free from toxins: all are necessary steps for the well-being of your dog.

Ask for your vet’s help. They know your dog’s past health history and would better diagnose them. You can take the best care of your unwell four-legged partner with medication and a bucket of affection.