Pets become an extension of the family give great joy, companionship and unconditional love. Somehow they seen to sense something is not right.
There are no inspirational quotes or judgements like “stay strong,” or “everything will be okay!!” they are just fabulous listeners. On those bad days a cuddle on the couch with a furry friend who just lets you shed a few tears cannot help but melt some of the anxiety, stress and pain away.
When you are undergoing chemotherapy, your immune system is weaker than usual so chat with your medical team and vet about your routines for caring for them as some pets might increase your risk of getting a serious infection. Wash your hands with soap and water after playing with or caring for pets, especially before eating or handling food. For more advice and info check out Cancer.org: Is It Safe to Keep My Pet While I’m Being Treated for Cancer?
Store your medications out of the sight and reach of children and/or pets. Make sure you have someone who can take care of your pets if you get too sick or have to be in the hospital. Keep written instructions for feeding, cleaning, medicines, toileting, and veterinary contacts close by if needed. Love your pets, they’re great company, just be aware of their presence at all times. Take care where you are walking as you cannot afford to trip up.
Shelli loved her visits with her cousin Linda’s bulldogs. She named them her therapy puppies.
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