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10 Things You Can Do For Your Dog During His Last Days

10 Things You Can Do For Your Dog During His Last Days

There are few things worse than losing your best friend. Many people consider their dogs to be their best friends and when it comes time for them to pass, either because of illness such as autoimmune diseases in dogs or old age, it can be extremely difficult to deal with. I know; I’ve been there.

However, in this article, you will find 10 things that you can do for your pet that will make both him and you feel a little better. It also ensures that you are doing everything possible for your beloved friend for as long as you can.

1. See a veterinarian

It might sound counterproductive, especially if your pet is suffering from a chronic illness or he is very old. Regardless of the possibilities, the first thing you should do when you notice that he isn’t acting quite right is to see a veterinarian and then provide your pet with plenty of follow-up care in the days, weeks or months after that initial appointment. This will give you an opportunity to ensure that he isn’t suffering needlessly and it will also give you the peace of mind of knowing that you really are doing everything you can for him.

This will give you an opportunity to ensure that he isn’t suffering needlessly and it will also give you the peace of mind of knowing that you really are doing everything you can for him.

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2. Follow any and all special instructions

Depending on what is wrong with your dog, your veterinarian might give you special instructions that are to be followed to the letter. It is imperative that you don’t deviate from these instructions, even one time. Doing so could significantly exacerbate the condition and make everything worse for your pet.

It is imperative that you don’t deviate from these instructions, even one time. Doing so could significantly exacerbate the condition and make everything worse for your pet.

3. Be vigilant about medications

If your pet has been prescribed medications, make sure that you give the appropriate dose at the appropriate time. It is just as important to keep up with medication intervals, so do your best not to miss a dose or even be late for one.

4. Manage pain effectively

One of the most important things you can do for your dog at this stage of his life is to manage his pain effectively. If it seems like it is impossible to do so, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian for further instructions. The last thing you want to allow to happen is for your pet to be in constant pain.

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If it seems like it is impossible to do so, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian for further instructions. The last thing you want to allow to happen is for your pet to be in constant pain.

5. Feed a healthy diet

Just as people need to eat a healthy diet, so do dogs. However, a healthy diet is not one in the same for both human and dog. Hence, you should take care to ensure that you are feeding a high-quality food that is easily digestible and that provides your dog with the things that he needs most. If you have any doubts about what type of food you should be feeding, speak with your veterinarian about it or find a reliable site about

If you have any doubts about what type of food you should be feeding, speak with your veterinarian about it or find a reliable site about what kind of foods dogs can eat.

6. Stay away from low-quality food and table scraps

The last thing you want to do is feed an already ailing pet a low-quality food that provides virtually no nutritional value whatsoever. By the same token, avoid feeding table scraps, as there are a lot of foods that humans eat which can cause problems for dogs.

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7. Make him comfortable

You can make your dog comfortable by creating a quiet place for him that allows him to be with the family. You might also want to take out the microchip from him or any dog identification methods if that makes him uncomfortable.

Make sure that you have a comfortable bed for him to lay on and a favorite toy or blanket nearby. If he is bothered by the noise level in the home, do your best to keep noise to a minimum without isolating your dog from everyone in the family.

8. Sit and spend time with him

Even if he isn’t capable of expressing it, your dog will appreciate the fact that you are nearby and that some of his last moments are spent with you.

You may or may not be able to pet him, depending on what is wrong but even if he doesn’t want your hands on him, let him know that you are there by speaking to him softly and simply spending time sitting next to him for long periods of time. Remember, this is your best friend and this is when he needs you the most.

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9. Have someone you trust watch him if you can’t be there

Obviously, you would probably prefer to be there no matter what. However, you still have to go to work and take care of family obligations even when your pet is sick.

That doesn’t mean that he should ever be left alone. Instead, have someone you trust watch him whenever you are not capable of being there for him yourself.

10. Give plenty of love

Nothing is worse than watching someone you love slowly slip away, but the last thing you want to do is pull back and begin to isolate yourself from him while he is still alive. Remember, at this point in time, it is more about what he needs from you than about your own emotions. That is something you will be able to deal with later on.

For the time being, give him all the love he can handle and reassure him that he is okay no matter what he is facing. He needs to hear that from you in order to remain as calm as possible.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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