One of the hardest things to deal with as a pet owner, in my opinion, is the health of our pets. I struggle so much with this, because I feel such a large weight of responsibility on my shoulders being the sole decision maker for another living being. And with animals I think it’s harder than humans, because animals can’t talk. You can’t ask them questions, they can’t tell you what’s wrong.
And as long as I’ve been a pet owner, I can’t say I’m very good at knowing when there is something wrong with my pets. Sometimes I see the signs right away, but there have also been times when my pet was seriously ill and I didn’t know it. That’s the part that’s so hard – when their getting sicker could’ve been prevented if I had been paying attention. The guilt is overwhelming.
I think the best thing (honestly, the ONLY thing) we can do as pet owners is THE BEST WE CAN. We aren’t mind readers – unless and until our pets shows real visible, noticeable signs of illness, we can’t possibly know there is something wrong. Even then, it’s sometimes impossible to determine whether veterinary care is necessary.
What I mean is – do we rush our pet to the vet’s office every time they sniffle or throw up? What’s just an upset stomach, and what’s a serious illness? I find that to be the hardest thing – never really knowing whether I should be taking the pet to the vet, or if they’re just not feeling well today. A crystal ball sure would come in handy!
Love and Care Are the Best Medicine
I truly believe that for pets, as with children, the best medicine is love and care. I used to melt when I saw my miniature doxy snuggled under a blankie (that’s her in the picture). At night when I put her to bed, I’d think to myself, “Here she is – snuggled in bed under a soft, clean blanket – with her tummy full of nutritious food, clean because she’s bathed regularly, safe from illness because she gets regular medical care – and being tucked into bed with 25 or so of Mommy’s kisses on her little forehead.”
Sounds super corny I know, but honestly, this is what I think when my pets go to bed at night. I say a little prayer for them every night, say I Love You at least three times before I turn out the light – and I thank God every day for allowing me to have this precious little pet in my life – for however long I get to have them.
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