If your pup has recently had dental surgery, then you know that the road to recovery can be long and also a little bit tedious. To make your dog feel better sooner, it is important to keep their spirits up by setting up fun activities that they are able to do despite just having surgery. After dental surgery, their mouths are most likely quite sore so it is important to keep this in mind when planning games and fun things to do with your pup. Start with these ideas and then come up with a few of your own!
While your go to dog food may be the standard hard dog kibble, this may not be an option for your pup after they have dental surgery. Your dog may need to be on a diet of soft foods or even a liquid diet for a little while. However, this doesn't mean that your dog should be eating bad tasting, no flavor meals. You should give your pup some good, homemade food to help them feel better! Cooking for your dog after dental surgery can be fun and very rewarding not only for your pup but for you as well. You will feel great knowing that you made your dog a flavorful, nutritious meal that they can enjoy despite having a sore mouth.
After dental surgery, your dog's old toys may not be suitable for them anymore. Hard things like bones, tough balls or rubber chewy toys may be toys of the past. But guess what that means? Time to go shopping for your pooch! You do not need to buy over the top, fancy toys and you can even choose to make your own toys for your dog. Just keep in mind when you are shopping or creating, the toys need to be soft while also super fun. Not only will a new toy be easy on your dog's tender mouth but a new toy will also boost their spirits!
After dental surgery, you may realize more than ever the importance of your dog's dental hygiene. Make a game out of brushing your dog's teeth every day.
Once your dog's dental surgery has healed, introduce bone time where you hold one end of your dogs bone and they chew on the other side. This chewing will help clean your dog's teeth and hopefully prevent any future surgeries.
Dental surgery is not something that is easy for you or your dog. As with any surgery, it is best to take it slow with the activities and reassess your normal dog games. Making some nice soft foods, getting new soft toys and giving your dog some extra love are all things that will help your pup recover and remain positive in the process. Dental surgery is no barking matter and may result in a permanent or temporary life change for you and your pup. Move forward with fun activities and games that cater to your dog's new needs.