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Cancer is something that all pet parents fear. It’s something we’ve all thought about at least at some point in our lives. It isn’t something that happens to every pet, but there is always that chance. It’s heartbreaking to watch your pet go through cancer. You never know where it’s going to end up and that’s scary. Your pet wouldn’t know what’s happening to them so in most cases, their owners try to protect them as much as they can. There are things you do, thinking it’s for their own good, when in fact, you might just be making their condition worse. Don’t make this mistake. Here are some things that you shouldn’t do while your dog has cancer.
- Don’t give your pet any supplements or medications without your vet’s consent.
It takes a lot to fight cancer. This can understandably leave your dog feeling weak and even defeated. That doesn’t mean that you have to take it upon yourself to start giving them additional supplements like vitamins and other medications. While you think you’re doing well, you might just be doing the exact opposite. The supplements that you give your dog thinking they’re natural might even counteract his existing cancer medications. If you really have your mind set about supplements for your dog, discuss this with your vet and see what he has to say.
- Avoid overfeeding.
Yes, there is a chance that your dog might die. That doesn’t mean that you should feed him whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Not only is this unhealthy, but it could also worsen his current condition. Overfeeding your pets can also cause gastrointestinal problems as well as obesity and heart diseases. It’s understandable that you want to keep your pet happy during this difficult time. But rather do so using other methods like toys or an extended amount of playtime than food.
- Don’t isolate yourself.
Your pet is going through something drastic. You can’t run away from it or even hide from it by isolating yourself. During difficult times like these are when we’ll need our family and loved ones even more. And besides, by running away, you’re also taking yourself away from your pet. Your pet needs your support and care. You can’t give him any of these things if you run. Reach out to other people who are on the same boat. Ask them how they dealt with their pet’s sickness and how they got over it.
Find refuge in the fact that the same has happened to thousands of other dogs and their owners and most of them have come out victorious. Follow your vet’s directions to the letter and never lose hope.