Dogs need to be taken special care of, when they are sick. Difficulty in walking, breathing, lack of appetite, vomiting and extreme diarrhea is the common symptoms that a dog may show, when he is unwell. The sickness may lead to frequent discharge from the eyes, nose and ear as well, making your pet look miserable. Keeping the sick dog clean becomes very important, when he is not feeling well, in order to prevent infection. With the guidance given in this article, you will know how to keep your sick dog clean.
How To Keep Sick Dogs Clean
Cleaning The Eyes
- When your dog is sick, secretions and crusts may get deposited around his eyes and eyelids. You can remove them easily by using distilled water and sea salt.
- Put ¼ tsp of sea salt in one cup of distilled water and stir it well.
- Now, dip a clean cloth in the mixture and blot it in the dirty areas around the eyes and eyelids of your dog. Take your time to remove the secretions. Do it in a gentle manner.
- After you finish cleaning your dog’s eyes, massage them with the help of almond oil.
- Castor oil works the best for inflamed eyes. In case the eyes are extremely dry, make use of mineral oil.
Cleaning The Ears
- If you find excess waxy or oil deposits in your dog’s ears, you need to clean them as soon as possible. To do this, you require almond oil.
- Heat the almond oil until it reaches a lukewarm temperature.
- Pour ½ tsp lukewarm almond oil into each of your dog’s ears.
- As the oil goes all the way in, hold the dog’s ear, flap down. Place your hand on the outer portion of the ear opening and massage gently.
- After a few minutes, you will find that the debris inside the ear starts to loosen. Now, you can make use of a soft cloth or cotton swab to remove the dirt.
- Wipe the soft cloth/ cotton swab around the ear opening. Avoid inserting the cotton bud deep into the ear canal.
Cleaning The Nose
- Secretions may get deposited around your dog’s nose when he is sick. To remove the dirt, you need a soft clean cloth.
- Soak the cloth in warm water. Now, blot the soaked cloth around your dog’s nose.
- Once you have removed the secretion around his nose, smear almond oil on the area.
- You will have to repeat the process at least two to three times a day, when your pet is not feeling well.
Cleaning The Anus
- Excessive diarrhea can result in inflammation and irritation around the tissues surrounded on the anus of your dog. It is very important to keep the area clean, as it may lead to infection.
- Clean the area around the anus by using a soft clean cloth dipped in cool water.Wipe the area gently, using a soft cloth.
- Apply an ointment, prescribed by your veterinary doctor, on the affected area.