You should always give medication at the correct times, and take care of wounds and dressings as instructed. It’s also important to provide lots of love, reassurance and encouragement to eat, and only feed the food recommended by your veterinarian.
Correct balance of nutrients
Because the body has difficulty obtaining enough energy during this time, food needs to be high in energy, easily digestible, and extra-rich in essential fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
What happens during recovery?
There will be times in your pet’s life when he or she will need help to recover. This could be due to a wide variety of conditions—from minor illness or elective surgery to something more serious like an accident or cancer. Cats and dogs need extra energy and nutrients, in an appetizing form, to speed up the recovery process. Even if a pet is not severely distressed, you can help recovery by feeding the right food and giving plenty of care at home.
Is your pet making progress?
Recovery can be delayed by a number of factors including incorrect nutrition and not eating enough. Whatever the reason, it’s important to look for the following signs. If you notice any of them, contact your veterinarian.
Common signs include:
- Weight loss.
- Poor appetite
- Increased thirst
- Tired, lack of energy
- Wound not healing
- Sensitive to touch
- Increased breathing rate
Rapid weight loss, particularly when combined with loss of appetite indicates a stress response requiring attention. If you are in any doubt, consult your veterinarian immediately
The importance of nutrition
The food your pet eats plays an important role in his or her overall health and well-being. Balanced nutrition is an essential part of an active, healthy lifestyle. When your pet is recovering from an illness or operation, it’s even more important to feed the right food. This brochure explains how nutrition can help your pet feel better quickly.