Information and natural remedies for the treatment of recovery in cats and dogs.
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What is Recovery?
Caring and nursing for your dog or cat is a very important part of the recovery process after an illness or surgery. Recovery is the period of rest and healing, and the body regains strength and energy. It is a gradual process, and depending on the type of illness or injury varies from pet to pet.
During this period your pet will need extra attention, love, tender care and lots of your time and patience. Pets tend to recuperate faster when they are surrounded by their loved ones and in familiar surroundings. Liaising with your vet will be essential especially when medications have to be administered, dressings need to be changed, a special diet fed or you notice any distressing symptoms during recovery.
Your pet will require plenty of rest, sleep and quiet as this will help him to heal faster, restore energy levels and regain his strength. You will notice that your pet exhibits signs of lethargy, weakness, slow movement, pain, and poor appetite.
Make your pet’s environment comfortable by providing extra bedding and pillows for him to rest on. Good nutrition is also vital to speed your pet’s recovery but very often he may not have an appetite and you may have to encourage him to eat.
Your vet will most likely prescribe a highly digestible concentrated diet which contains all the essential vitamins and minerals if your pet experiences loss of appetite. Keep in mind that nursing your pet might not be easy especially if extended care is needed – nursing an animal is like nursing another human being, it is hard work!
Many things have to be taken into consideration such as not leaving the pet alone and being prepared to clean a soiled pet who may not be able to get up to walk to eliminate himself. The best that you can is try to make your pet’s adjustment from hospital to home as comfortable and normal as possible to help him recover.
Help for Recovery
Holistic treatments such as herbal remedies can be used to effectively help your animal’s body recover from illness, injury or even surgery. Herbal ingredients are safe and gentle enough for your pet’s system, and also address overall health and wellbeing.
A selection of well-known herbs such as Fucus vesiculosis (Kelp), Aloe ferox, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa), Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion) and Arctium lappa (Burdock) acts as detoxification and purifying agents to eliminate the removal of excess wastes and toxins, and promote optimal strength and functioning.
More Information on Recovery
In order to ensure that your pet’s road to recovery is smooth
and comfortable, follow these useful guidelines:
- Set up a comfortable and safe area of confinement such as a crate or kennel for your pet so that your home does not become soiled and make sure that he is taken out regularly for elimination, especially just after he has eaten.
- Give your pet a special concentrated diet that contains all the essential nutrients and feed him small meals two to four times a day. Warm the food until just below body temperature.
- Always have clean, fresh water that is easily accessible for your pet
- Make sure that you provide extra padding and softness for your pet’s bed to ease pain and discomfort
- Be prepared to clean your pet if he is unable to walk to eliminate himself and ensure that you have absorbent pads and plenty of towels
- Change soiled bedding as often as possible so that your pet does not become soiled with urine and feces, as these can burn his skin
- Take him outside regularly not only for elimination, but for fresh air and stimulation. Sunlight and sniffing are essential to maintain interest and relieve depression associated with debilitation
- If you are changing your pet’s dressing or cleaning a wound, talk calmly to your pet as he can pick up on your nervousness
- Monitor your pet’s appetite, elimination and general demeanour to see if there is any change in his condition
- Shower your pet with lots of special love and attention during the recovery period – talking to your pet or playing music is extremely comforting
- Brush your pet slowly with a soft brush – your pet will find your touch very soothing
- Stock up on special treats for your pet, especially when he may not want to eat
- Remember that your pet cannot tell you what he needs so be patient and compassionate