Post # 1
My baby girl goes in for surgery on her ankle tomorrow. She has a severe sprain that has developed some pretty large bone spurs that need to be shaved down. The major recovery with a soft splint will be about 4 weeks with minor recovery for about 6 months according to the surgeon. Any advice for keeping a very active dog happy during this recovery time? She already doesn’t understand why we haven’t been playing with her these past months (we originally were told it was a soft tissue strain and to just let her rest but I finally got a second opinion by a specialist when it kept not getting better) and I don’t want her to get too depressed not being able to do much for awhile longer.
Post # 3
Good luck to your girl! Exercise their minds, which helps tire them out (some!) Teach low-key tricks and play “thinking” games, like where you hide a treat under one of 3 cups, move them around, and then she has to find it.
Mine likes to be driven around in the car with his head out the window, he loves it because gets to take in tons of smells at a fast speed with minimal exertion. He’s a hound, of course, Nose is King 😉
Post # 4
One of my dogs had to have reconstructive knee surgery when he was only a couple of years old. He was a very active boy, but to be honest, he felt so aweful in the time immediately following the surgery that it wasn’t hard to keep him relaxed. Your dog’s surgery doesn’t sound like it will be as invasive or painful, but it depends on how your dog reacts, she might not even want to be active for a bit.
After the soft splint is removed, I would recommend swimming. Do you have a pool or a nearby lake you could take her to? We’ve had several dogs undergo major surgeries in my rescue and some of our (wealthier) foster parents have opted for water therapy during the recovery period. Rave results every time. If you can’t afford certified water therapy, a lake, pond, pool, etc. will do the trick.
Good luck, hope your girl’s recovery is fast and painless!
Post # 5
@MsJeep23: Good advice. I approached it from the physical side, but a dog who is challenged mentally (you know what I mean, lol) is also a happy dog 🙂
Post # 6
She’s a beautiful dog! I 2nd swimming, its great therapy for dogs.
Another good “mind game” are those feeders (I think its “Kong” brand but idk), where you put a treat (like peanut butter or dog treats) & they have to work at it to get the treat out.
Post # 7
I appreciate the responses. Games to keep her mind chanllenged are definitely going to be helpful. I’m all for swimming but she usually equates swimming with “ball” and gets very jumpy and runs all over so it may be a bit more than I want her to do in the beginning.