Your dog or cat is sick. Should you take it to the veterinarian or attempt to take care of the animal yourself at home? If your dog or cat has been injured, needing surgical repairs, is severely dehydrated, or has a severe infection, a trip to the vet is necessary. It can be imperitive that you get them to the veterinarian immediately in those cases.
Dehydration can be brought on by severe vomiting and diarrhea. Some signs and symptoms of dehydration can be as follows.
Increased heart rate
Decrease in elasticity of the skin
Dry mouth and nose
Dry sunken eyes
Delay in capillary refill time
To determine if your pet is dehydrated you can gently press your finger against the gum until the area whitens. Release your finger and the pink color should return almost immediately. If it does not, your pet may be dehydrated. This can require immediate restoration of fluids to prevent shock and death.
Normal vital signs in a dog are:
Heart rate of 70-120 beats/minute
Respiratory rate of 10-30 beats/minute
Temperature of 101.5-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit
Normal vital signs in a cat are:
Heart rate of 110-130 beats/minute
Respiratory rate of 20-30 breaths/minute
Temperature 100.5-101.5 degrees Fahrenheit
If your pet is very anxious, or has just exercised, the heart rate can certainly be higher. A lower rate is normal in large dogs and a higher rate is common for small dogs.
If you are able to care for your pet at home, you will have the advantage of this being a much more comfortable surrounding for your pet. It may recuperate quicker in your home and alternative or natural forms of treatment can be used very easily.
If you are giving your pet a prescription drug from the vet, do not give homeopathic remedies at the same time because they tend to work opposite of each other. There are some herbal remedies, particularly those applied externally that can be used. The ones that especially help with the rebuilding of tissues are helpful.
When caring for your pet at home, provide a safe, comfortable, cozy, and clean enviornment. Make sure it has plenty of fresh water and clean bedding. Many times a pet will choose to fast, and this can be a good part of the healing process. The animal may choose to fast for 2-3 days. As long as they were a healthy pet before, it can be within an acceptable time frame. Allow the pet to have fresh air and sunshine if it desires.