The sad fact of life is that our loved ones can sometimes get sick, really sick. The sad truth is that even our dogs, who sometimes seem to be indestructible little happiness machines can also get quite ill. And in those tough times, we have to step up, be there for them, and help them heal and recover as much as possible. But sometimes, the illness is hard, incurable, and the only thing we can do is make their lives the best they can be in the situation they are in. Gentle care and quiet activities along with tons of love will show our best buddies how important they are to us.
If your vet gave you the bad news that your doggo has leukemia, the first and the best thing you can do for them is to get educated and learn as much as you can about the illness. Having all the information will help you help them. The knowledge will help you build a strong support system for your pup, and come up with the best plan to make their lives easier. Knowing a lot about the illness will also help you notice the signs of leukemia worsening, signs of things getting better, and of course, it will help you care for your pupper in the best possible way. Curl up with your doggo, get a blanket and treats, and do some research.
When you go to the vet and tell them your dog’s symptoms, they will perform a series of tests to try to determine what exactly went wrong. If the final diagnosis is leukemia, this is a sign for you to step up and start treating the illness immediately. Sadly, leukemia can rarely be cured, but it can be treated, and the outcome is usually good for the dog, as long as you take this seriously and make radical changes in your pup’s life. Important note: ask your vet if leukemia is acute or chronic – it will make all the difference!
Finally, the best way to combat any ailment is to eat healthy food, lead a healthy lifestyle, and avoid stress at all cost. Luckily, your doggo has you to care for them and love them, and to prepare the most delicious healthy meals. You can spend some time together in the kitchen and your pup can help by bringing you spoons and their bowl, and in the meantime, you can munch on some healthy treats, preferably made from scratch. Gather round your pup and include them in the recipe search, the making of the treat and of course, the taste testing!
Always try to spend as much time as you can in a healthy environment with clean air. Go out in the great outdoors and soak up all the freshness of nature, smelling the flowers, and strolling around on the grass.
Avoid any strenuous physical activity and don’t make your dog run or jump if they do not want to. Take light walks around the neighborhood and stop for rests when your doggo needs them.
Leukemia is a tough illness. It is devastating and can discourage you from fighting, but you have to remember that your dog has been there for you in tough times, and now it is time for you to step up. Be with them at every vet checkup, at each chemotherapy session, cook them tasty food, and don’t forget to give them big hugs and lots of love every day.