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What do you do when you're sick?

I'm just wondering what everyone does with their puppies/dogs when you are sick and unable to go for walks or play a whole lot? Diesel is doing good so far but I have a feeling this is gonna be a more than one day deal. Just looking for ideas!


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I do the same thing I do with my son. Entertain them as much as possible, but then let them do their own thing. Even when I am not sick I am not interacting with my puppy all day long. If I did I would never have time to play with my son, spend time with hubby, clean my house, cook dinner and everything else in my life. I play with puppy for a couple minutes at a time then go do something else for a while and play with her a little more. She has other things to entertain her.
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Let them take care of you.. My Allie did that very well and loved it. Relax and let them love and do what goldens do best. Love.. Get well..
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ditto...Hank has learned to go with the flow.

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Surprisingly as a pup Chloe seemed to understand that I was sick and was more "mellow" then my wild child normally was. She is 3 now and when Im sick she is happy to lay in bed beside me.

If she gets too much for you, it might beneficial to hire a dog walker or ask a neighbour to take her for a walk for you.

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Yup - it's like when you're sick but you have babies. You get up to take care of their essential needs - outside, food - but they are okay with a down day or two. A really young pup may have to be in his crate more than usual, but that's okay for one day, as long as he's getting out to go to the bathroom. If you are fortunate to have someone who can come take him out to play, that's great. I almost always have my walker come when I am sick. That way at least I know she gets some exercise.

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The last time I was sick Molly was still a small pup around 3 months, so she was fine with not going out but I was only miserable for a day. The most memorable part was when my bf made me chicken soup, and Molly knocked it over onto my MacBook. It turned on.. 6 months later.


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I just went through this! I had two weeks of a miserable head cold / bronchitis.

My husband picked up some slack (hint hint, just a wee bit, nothing exercise related. But I still love him, cause he was busy taking care of me.) In the mornings, I would wake up at 5 am like normal to take him out to potty and to feed everyone. Then I'd lay on the couch, with my humidifier and some hot tea. Alot of the time, Bear just came up and laid on me even though I know he was full of energy. Other times, he brought me toys to play with. I'd toss a ball and he'd bring it back, but more casually than normal. He'd give me lots of kisses and if he wouldn't settle down, I'd crate him for a while and then I'd take a nap. He'd settle down with a chew toy or bone and just spend hours working on it, leaving me alone. When things got really bad (coughing to the point I was vomiting), he RUSHED to my side and stood up and put his paws gingerly on my arm as if to say "Here Mom! I'll hold you!!"

I have a jaw surgery coming up in the next 3-5 months, so I'm anxious how he'll react. I'll be down for a month and unable to exercise (dr's instructions) and he won't be able to come near my face b/c my lower jaw will be broken and my mouth will be wired shut. I plan on sending him off to doggie day care 3-4 times a week to keep him well exercised and tired during my healing period.

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I just went through this! I had two weeks of a miserable head cold / bronchitis.

My husband picked up some slack (hint hint, just a wee bit, nothing exercise related. But I still love him, cause he was busy taking care of me.) In the mornings, I would wake up at 5 am like normal to take him out to potty and to feed everyone. Then I'd lay on the couch, with my humidifier and some hot tea. Alot of the time, Bear just came up and laid on me even though I know he was full of energy. Other times, he brought me toys to play with. I'd toss a ball and he'd bring it back, but more casually than normal. He'd give me lots of kisses and if he wouldn't settle down, I'd crate him for a while and then I'd take a nap. He'd settle down with a chew toy or bone and just spend hours working on it, leaving me alone. When things got really bad (coughing to the point I was vomiting), he RUSHED to my side and stood up and put his paws gingerly on my arm as if to say "Here Mom! I'll hold you!!"

I have a jaw surgery coming up in the next 3-5 months, so I'm anxious how he'll react. I'll be down for a month and unable to exercise (dr's instructions) and he won't be able to come near my face b/c my lower jaw will be broken and my mouth will be wired shut. I plan on sending him off to doggie day care 3-4 times a week to keep him well exercised and tired during my healing period.
Bear sounds like a sweet boy. Diesel has been pretty good today just entertaining himself mostly and laying around with me. He occasionally brings me a toy to play with and we play for a minute or two. I just know that he will be good for a day of down time but tomorrow may not be so chill. It sounds like I have the same as you did, sinus infection and bronchitis.hopefully I'm not down as long though! I hope you are feeling better now and wish you luck with your surgery... I'm a dental hygienist and know that can be a hard recovery. Sounds like you will be well taken care of between Bear and your hubby though!


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Bear sounds like a sweet boy. Diesel has been pretty good today just entertaining himself mostly and laying around with me. He occasionally brings me a toy to play with and we play for a minute or two. I just know that he will be good for a day of down time but tomorrow may not be so chill. It sounds like I have the same as you did, sinus infection and bronchitis.hopefully I'm not down as long though! I hope you are feeling better now and wish you luck with your surgery... I'm a dental hygienist and know that can be a hard recovery. Sounds like you will be well taken care of between Bear and your hubby though!


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Thank you! That is so sweet! Mine only lasted so long because I refused to see a doctor. It was moderate sinus infection, and I'm more vulnerable because of my history of asthma, but it wasn't so bad that I needed antibiotics. My doctors are very "ride this out" anyways, so it would have been a waste of a co-pay for me to hear "Take some asprin and drink lots of fluids". I'm still missing my voice from all the coughing, but I plied myself with vegetable soup, gallons of hot mint herbal tea with honey, lots of sleep, steam showers, humidifiers and lots of nights on the couch because i didn't want to wake up my DH with the coughing. I hope you feel better soon!!!

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