The process of operating on an animal to prevent them from breeding and reproducing is called neutering (for male animals) or spaying (for female animals). This practice is commonly done among animals, particularly dogs who serve as household pets. One of the main reasons why neutering or spaying is done is to prevent pet homelessness in the long run. However, there are other benefits that are brought about by this sterilization process, such as longer life, prevention of some diseases (for example, prostate-related conditions) and certain positive changes in behavior. However, this procedure is considered a major surgery, which means that post-surgery care should be observed.
One of the main first things that veterinarians will tell dog owners after surgery is to prevent their dogs from performing any strenuous physical activities. Since neutering and spaying fall under surgery, there is a risk of damage if your dog decides to move around too much. Unfortunately, dogs are designed to be constantly stimulated. If you can’t do this physically, what you can do is provide your dog with some mental stimulation. Perhaps the best way to do this is through the use of brain games. There is a wide range of toys available in most pet supply stores. These mentally-challenging games come in all difficulty levels and are sure to keep your dog busy while they recover from the surgery.
Going for a walk is a typical routine that dogs and their owners do, one that is recommended to help keep your dog healthy and stimulated. However, after undergoing a surgery like neutering or spaying, even this simple and seemingly task becomes a whole lot difficult for your pooch. The term that veterinarians always use is “restricted activity”, which is exactly what will happen after your dog comes out of the procedure. Luckily, there are ways for you and your dog to still go on your regular “walks” even post-surgery by use of various devices, such as a stroller.
Most people get a massage after a long, stressful day and they just want to relax. Just like humans, dogs also enjoy getting massages. A massage is a level up from the usual belly rub or pat on the back. Aside from the fact that it feels good, there are several other benefits that are brought about by a massage. It helps reduce anxiety and stress, which is something that your dog might have especially after a major surgical operation. It also aids in developing some bodily functions. Most importantly, by giving your dog a massage, you start to build trust and form a connection with your pooch.
Nose work is one of the most recent trends that are used to stimulate and keep dogs entertained. What’s good about this activity is that dogs have a keen sense of smell, which they can use to their advantage. Hide a treat somewhere and have your dog find it. Just remember to choose a small area for the game because you need to keep your dog’s movements limited.
Having gone through a major surgery such as neutering or spaying, the best activity is sometimes no activity at all. To not put your dog at risk, take it easy and simply spend the day being lazy together. Play a good movie and cuddle with your furry buddy. This gesture may be simple but your dog will surely appreciate the quality time together.
Getting your dog neutered or spayed can be a drag, especially if your dog is one who loves moving around and engaging in activity. However, it is a necessary part of dog ownership and can bring about many benefits as a result. There are many ways to keep your dog busy and entertained while they recover from their surgery, as seen on the list above.