Many teachers end up taking negative attitudes that are best detrimental to a sick pet, such as focusing on the disease more than on the treatment, denying the situation or being seriously endangered in the animal’s presence. Photo: Reuters / Shun Young (China)
Everyone who has a pet at home is afraid that the animal will suddenly get sick, either because of the idea of losing the pet or even with a huge expense in the end.
It’s important to be prepared for this situation, but what many teachers don’t know is that simple actions can make all the difference to maximizing relief when a pet is ill.
To illustrate these points, a dog and cat behavior counselor and blogger animal behavior In the and moreAnd Luisa CervinkaIn this article, he lists the 10 most common mistakes pet teachers make when an animal has a disease. paying off:
give up treatment
The first mistake indicated by the specialist is when the teacher decides to interrupt or abandon treatment, especially in more serious or final situations.
“A common mistake is for the owner to forego treatment, especially in more serious illnesses. For example, a pet has a terminal illness, but it will still die some time, but the owner simply forgoes any kind of treatment. Today we are getting palliative care, They are very important for both the pet and the teacher, which serve to reduce pain and deal with the possibility of grief. It is very important that the pet does not give up, because it gives him quality of life and well-being until the last moment of his life, “stresses the consultant.
Show excessive emotions in the presence of the pet
Another mistake, according to Luisa, is to pass on our emotional instability to the pet in the face of a state of illness.
“Teachers’ emotional change is widely read by pets, but usually pets cannot understand the motive behind this emotional change. For example, a teacher who cries a lot, who is very frustrated, who shows this to a pet, ends up being overtaken This distress is for the animal, because the animal often ends up reading the environment through the teacher’s reactions,” he says.
However, the counselor makes a reservation: “It does not mean that the teacher cannot cry in front of the pet, but that he needs minimal emotional support and talking to this pet so that this is understood, otherwise leaving the exhausted animal can generate immunosuppression, which It leads to a decrease in the response ability of the immune system, and worsens the condition of the pet,” warns Luisa.
According to dog and cat behavioral counselor, Luisa Cervinca, constant visits to the vet, injections, and excessive medication can stress a sick animal. Photo: FreePik
Excessive negative routine routines for pet
According to the specialist, the routine practices of a sick pet, such as taking injections and taking medications, which usually cause discomfort, when ingested in large quantities, can cause stress to the animal.
“Continuous visits to the vet, injections and medications, for example, are situations that, when exercised in excess, can be considered negative. The ideal is to do desensitization, which is to teach the pet to like or stress as little as possible with these routines regarding when they are sick. Are included. Fighting with pets is also in this group of negative interactions.For example, if your dog has a problem that he can’t control, such as urinating and feces along the way, or if he vomits anywhere, fighting with him can be very negative Luisa warns.
Focus on the disease more than the cure
Another wrong attitude that has more to do with the position of the teacher than the practice of the act itself is to focus more on the problems of the disease than on the treatment of asthenia.
“A lot of times the pet has a problem and we take a long time to find out what’s causing it. The pet is vomiting, has diarrhoea, but does all the tests and shows nothing. When we find out about this disease, it doesn’t matter how terrible it is, we are excited about the disease, Rather than being excited about the treatment,” explains Louisa, who offers another perspective on the issue.
“It could also be the fact that many people use pet illness as a way to get attention. Post it on social media to get attention or even get paid online crowdfunding. When the pet gets better, sometimes it’s the teacher who has that behavior, He does not even count, because he prefers to remain in that remorse caused by the condition of the disease,” the consultant finds.
Pet appetite suppressant
Another serious problem when the pet is debilitated are the attitudes taken by the teachers that eventually suppress the animal’s appetite, which is critical for improvement.
“Depending on the illness, the owner begins to get very nervous when cleaning, and ends up using some product with strong odors that can make the pet sick, or make him not craving for food, especially if the cleaning is such that the strongest product is made in place,” the blogger explains. in which the animal is fed or in a bowl of water and small food.”
“Another possibility is also that when the dog gets sick, they end up with a stronger smell, and then, to try to block that smell, the teachers end up putting in a lot of fragrance, giving more showers, and this also irritates the pet and reduces them. The appetite in addition to this, interferes These fragrances also surround with appetite,” Luisa cautions.
Another important point not to interfere with the animal’s appetite is the change in routine, according to the specialist.
“Some pets don’t like changing their routine, so if you change the routine and add new things from food, they don’t like it and it can dampen their appetite, yes, especially with the new food being full,” the consulate.
One mistake pet owners make when animals get sick is denying the condition of the disease, which delays recovery, according to dog and cat behavioral counselor Luiza Cervenka. Photo: Pixabay
Another very serious and common mistake pet teachers make is denying animal disease.
“Another complicated problem is denial,” he says. “The pet gets sick and the owner denies and doesn’t accept that the animal is sick. Denial is very worrying because the disease is getting worse.”
Having new animals
Bringing new animals near a sick pet is another negative situation that can cause a lot of stress on the sick pet.
“It is very common, with the fear of losing this animal, for the owner to decide to adopt another pet. This is one of the worst things that can be done, because the pet is already having a hard time dealing with a new situation, which is the disease, and is usually very old or weak, and then a new pet comes in, that has a lot of energy, which will probably want to play. For a sick pet, this is the worst thing that can happen. Therefore, the ideal is not to have any kind of news in this pet’s routine , especially with the introduction of any new object, not only other pets, but also new people. This is not a good thing for him, ”instructs the specialist.
Directing the care of a sick pet to third parties is another fatal mistake that can cause animal stress and pain.
“Some teachers end up not having the emotional conditions to deal with the potential death or illness of a pet, and they end up outsourcing the care of someone else. So, they end up getting away from the pet in some way and that’s critically bad. This alternation between Previously, when the pet was very attached, and now, in the pathological stage, the owner is trying to leave him, or vice versa, the pet was more lonely, he stayed in the backyard, and now, the teacher decides to “stay with him all the time is a big problem,” says Luisa. .
The teacher does not ask for help
The specialist also warns that when a teacher thinks they will be able to care for a sick animal alone, they may end up exacerbating the situation, both for the pet and for themselves.
“One of the mistakes I notice is when the teacher thinks he is the superhero who will take care of everything. And when we have a pet that we love so much, we have fragility, and we have difficulty dealing with many issues. The teacher does not ask for help, whether it is psychological support, or talking To friends to share, or to have family support, whether emotionally or financially, is a mistake. This is a big mistake for simply not asking for help, not allowing that support. It is very important to have a support network to deal with the situation. Many teachers deny it They think they will handle it themselves, but they don’t.”
Worst Mistake Ever: Keep the Pet as Much as Possible
According to Luisa, the most serious mistake is to spare the pet suffering or stress when its diagnosis does not require it.
“The biggest mistake is trying to save the pet as much as possible. For example, the dog does not have any mobility problem, but rather has a kidney problem, but the owner decided not to walk the pet outdoors anymore to avoid stress and to stop keeping an exercise routine that It is exercised by the pet and training. This is the worst mistake of all, ”emphasizes the specialist.
“The pet needs routine, they like it and if there is no direction from the vet to suspend some activity, there is no need to interrupt. If the dog is accustomed to environmental fertilization, through nutritional devices, then it should if he is used to two or three walks times a day, this should continue; and if he used to go to the nursery, then this should continue, unless otherwise instructed by the vet.”