Tips, Tricks, and Ideas

How To Help Your Dog When They’re Sick

It’s every dog mom’s worst nightmare: your dog is breathing loudly, sneezing profusely, and whining instead of eating his food. The vet tells you it’s a virus, and as with any human, you have to just let it run its course. How can you watch your baby not feel well and do nothing?! Well, you may not be able to cure the sickness, but you can do a few things to make your dog feel extra loved and comforted.

1. Chicken soup. Yup, you heard that right. It turns out, chicken soup isn’t only good for sick humans, but has similar benefits for sick dogs. The broth helps to prevent dehydration, and the chicken and rice help to provide substance for dogs who are hesitant to eat their regular food due to not feeling well. Our baby had a sore throat, so eating this soup was much easier on him than his typical meals. Here’s a simple recipe to try out!

You will need:

  • 4 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice

The rest is simple:

  1. Boil the chicken breasts for 10-15 minutes. Use two forks to shred the chicken.
  2. Prepare 1 cup of brown rice.
  3. Place cooked chicken and rice in a large pot. Add the chicken broth. Heat until lukewarm.
  4. Serve in proportion to your pet’s usual feeding amount!

2. Use a humidifier. If your dog is having respiratory or sinus trouble, you may want to try running a humidifier near their bed. If you’re feeling like they need even more help to breathe, try diffusing a little eucalyptus essential oil. This can help to open their airways and make breathing a bit easier. And don’t worry, eucalyptus is one essential oil that is safe to diffuse for dogs, just make sure to start with only a couple drops!

3. Give them lots of snuggles. Think about when you are sick; all you want is to be taken care of and loved. Your dog deserves the same. So, curl up with a blanket and give him lots of pets. He’s sure to be feeling better in no time!

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