Stress, fear, anxiety and depression. What do these emotions represent? They are feelings a person may experience at the thought of undergoing surgery. Being disabled even if temporarily, is a scary experience. Now factor in being responsible for the care of a pet and your anxiety level multiplies. Advance planning for your pet(s) that are like family members, will help make your recovery go a lot smoother.
If you’re like me you try to be self-sufficient. On the other hand there are times when you need to reach out and ask for help. It’s okay to turn the reigns over. Do your research and think about your friends, family and/or neighbors that can help you care for your pets during recovery. If it would put you at ease choose someone comfortable with your pets, has spent time with them and preferably has a pet also. Be sure your pet is comfortable with their host caregiver, will listen when given cues and behaves. After you narrow down a pet sitter let them know about your upcoming surgery and need for a home to host your pet(s). Choose wisely because you will also need someone to stay with during your recuperation.
To help make caring for your pets an easy transition:
- Create a pet schedule for your sitter that includes pet feedings, grooming, exercise/games (i.e. going for a walk, playing catch, rolling a ball) and litter box change.
- Purchase an adequate supply of pet food to send with your pets, and place in an easy to access location in your home.
- Have your pet groomed prior to your surgery since you may not be able to do it for a while.
If you don’t have anyone to help care for your pet(s) during recovery contact your local pet shelters or humane organizations (i.e. The Humane Society). You may not realize this, but several of their locations offer a Foster Pet Care Program aimed at temporary housing for pets at the shelter. Some locations even have volunteers to host your pet(s) during your hospitalization. Another option is PetSmart which can be found in 50 states, except Wyoming. They offer services (for a fee) such as a PetHotel, overnight pet boarding and doggie day camp all centered around your pet’s comfort.
The type of surgery you have along with other health factors can determine your recovery time. Be careful not to place any added stress or strain on your body after surgery. Follow your doctor’s instructions for a successful recovery and to prevent a setback. You may be anxious to get back to caring for your pets but you have to remember not to overdo it.
Written by: Jamacia Magee, FizzNiche Staff WriterSharing is Caring!