As a senior German Shepherd owner, you know that our frosty-faced fur friends can be an excellent source of stress relief for us with their unconditional love and calming presence.
But what happens when your senior German Shepherd starts to decline and becomes another thing to stress about?
Believe it or not, as our senior German Shepherds age and begin to fall ill, that can cause caregiver stress. This type of stress can come from various sources, including having to rush home from work to take care of them, cleaning up after them, dealing with trying to keep them as comfortable as possible (even at our own expense) and trying to determine when its time to say goodbye and dealing with the anticipatory grief that we know comes along with that gut-wrenching decision.
Recognizing the symptoms of caregiver stress is the first step in defusing it. Knowing how to properly care for yourself while caring for your senior German Shepherd can keep you one step ahead of falling into the downward spiral of caregiver stress.
In the Youtube video, I discuss what caregiver stress is and offer some tips for how I deal with it.
Recognizing Caregiver Stress:
Here are my tips on how to defuse caregiver stress:
Being a caregiver to your beloved senior German Shepherd can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. However, it is also important to remember that being a caregiver can be stressful, even for the most resilient people. Remember to take care of yourself and reach out for help if you need it.