Pets bring their owners affection, love, companionship, and a sense of security.1 They can provide comfort while you are undergoing active cancer treatment.1,2 But what happens if you cannot take care of your pet for a while?
Here are some tips to help you with pet care at this time:3
- Ask any friends, family, and neighbours living close by; they may be able to help care for your pets while you are unwell by dropping in to feed them, or by taking your dog out for a walk
- Ask trusted friends or family to look after your pet in their own home; this is a good option if you know you will not be away from home for long
- Consult with your vet; he or she may know of local volunteer organisations ready to help you
- Take your pet to a boarding kennel
- If a boarding kennel is too expensive, perhaps consider fostering services
- Plan for emergencies; find one or two people who can look after your pet at short notice
Look for a second home for your pet. Although you may not be ready to part now, it is a good idea to plan ahead and find a friend, relative, or re-housing scheme to take care of your pet in the future. You can also include care instructions in your will.