At our house, there are crustaceans, hamsters, a beta fish, and a diva chihuahua. When I’m thinking about what all in my household that will need attention after surgery, I have to include my furry and slimy friends. 🙂 Taking care of pets during normal life is a big responsibility, and during stressful life events that responsibility does not change. Below is a list of things to consider to make sure that your furriest (and slimiest, creepiest, feathery or otherwise) family members are taken care of while you are under the weather.
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Did you see the picture of Miss Pickles checking out our newest critter, Nibbles? She is one demanding puppy… she spent her first year of life being held by my daughter(paws barely touched the ground ever), thinks our bed is actually her bed and we are lucky to get to sleep in it, and is convinced that she should get to sit at the table while we eat dinner(not happening little dog!). So out of all our pets, the surgery will most likely impact her the most. Because she is so used to being on my lap and because my surgery is for a tummy tuck among other things, she’ll get to go t the dog spa for about a week. Dog spa? Ok, it’s the kennel at our vet’s office but because she is so little (just tipping the scales at 3 pounds) she’ll most likely be carried around and stay up front most of the week.
For our hamsters, the main things they require are food, water, and a cleaned cage once a week. For over a year my kids having been taking care of them, somewhat, so with a little guidance from Daddy they will be in charge of the hamsters. The same will go for my daughter’s beta fish. Lastly, the salt water aquarium is my husband’s domain already so luckily I don’t have to worry a bit about it.
Your situation could be quite different. Maybe you have a large dog or a fluffy cat? A lizard, spider, scorpion, or a snake? A turtle, bird, chinchilla, ferret or other special critter? Regardless of what pet you own, it’ll need to be taken care of during and after your surgery and it’s very important to determine how this will happen long before the surgery. It’s also critical for some illnesses to alert your doctor of the type(s) of pet you own and ask the doctors opinion on if it is safe to have a pet in the home after your procedure or during treatment leading up to the procedure. For example, if you are having a transplant or have at home dialysis, it is imperative to have a clean, sanitary house and having pets might be a detriment to your health.
The following list are some of the questions to answer regarding your pets needs while you will be unable to care for them.
- Should my pet be taken to a “spa”(aka Kennel)? If so, does my pet have the required shots and health record for being boarded? Have I called to reserve the time?
- Who will I ask to take care of my pet and its habitat/litter box while I am in surgery and recovering? When will they be available to feed, water, and play with or exercise my pet? Do they have consent to seek medical help for my pet if needed?
- Do I have plenty of food for my pet prior to the operation? Should I purchase an automatic feeder or water bowl?
- Do I have plenty of supplies for my pet’s habitat prior to the procedure?
- Should I start training right now for my pet to sleep on a pet bed instead of my own?
These are just a couple of questions to consider when ensuring your pets are taken care of during and after surgery. Caring for pets doesn’t need to stress anyone out during such a stressful time. Just remember have all the supplies they will need on hand available and set up how they will be cared for.
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