If your pet is suffering with health problems, it can be hard to cope with. You may feel sad, helpless, and distraught; after all, many people consider their pets to be their best friends.
The first thing to do is to realize that you have done the best you can to keep your pet healthy. You love your pet, and you did not want them to get sick. This is not your fault so don’t place blame. Don’t spend time feeling guilt; it is not going to help the situation.
The next thing you should do is to make sure you are seeing the most qualified veterinarian. Just because a vet is close to your house, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best vet for your pet. Ask around to your friends, neighbors, and family members to see if they have any vet recommendations. You can also read reviews online. Searching online may be an even better idea if your pet has a specialized health problem- that way you can get testimonials from people who have been there and done that.
Remember to stay positive when interacting with your pet. Emotions play a big role in health and healing. Try to avoid saying negative things or being sad when bathing, walking, or feeding your pet. Instead, try to enjoy the moment and realize that your moods do make a difference.
If you have children, this last point is especially important. Children will follow your lead- so if you are sad and worried about the situation- they will be too. This can be traumatic for a young child. Likewise, if you are positive and upbeat- they will feel more comfortable with the situation. You do not have to lie or be dishonest- it’s always good to tell them the truth so they won’t be shocked- but you want to be balanced in your approach so that you won’t leave your child scarred for a long time.