When you have a female dog and are weighing up your options for how to prevent accidental breeding, hysterectomies can often come into the equation. For larger dogs, a hysterectomy is a valid form of spaying that may even help to extend your dog’s lifespan. While there are other spaying methods, new studies show that in large dogs, hormonal imbalances are preventable, as are some diseases, by removing the entire uterus but keeping the ovaries. Just like a traditional method of spaying, however, there is a period of recovery. For some dogs, the quiet time of no physical exercise can be a lot to handle. If both you and your pup are struggling, we’ve included a few fun (and quiet) options to stimulate the mind while the body recovers.
While it might be an unusual concept to massage your dog, it’s a valid form of therapy. It’s common for treatment of elderly dogs, but can be useful in relieving pain and discomfort, as well as helping your dog to relax. When your dog is sore and doesn’t know why they are, there’s every reason to believe they will be a little bit panicky and maybe a little upset. Therefore, a gentle massage can help to calm them down. While there are experts to undertake a proper massage, you can carry out a gentle non-targeted one at home in any weather. It’s an easy 10-minute and free process where you only need the use of your hands.
If your dog loves to chew, then there’s every reason to grab your wallet and head to the stores to spoil them rotten. Remember, your dog doesn’t know why they’re sore, so if you’re usually one to pamper your pooch, don’t stop now. Your pup will love nothing more than seeing you walk through the door armed with new chew toys. The best part is, they can happily chew them inside, spending at least two hours with their mind stimulated. They can be more expensive than regular toys, but the payoff for your dog’s brain to be on something other than pain is worth it.
After surgery, your dog’s appetite can be a little off for a few days. While you can try them with a different food or feed smaller portions, you can also opt for food puzzles. Food puzzles are typically quite moderately priced and provide both mental stimulation and a treat. You can also make them or buy them yourself. For the sake of keeping your dog immobile, a purchased food puzzle is a preferred option. Once you put a treat in them, they’re bound to keep your pup entertained for at least an hour. Even when your dog isn’t injured, food puzzles are also a great indoor activity for when the rain outside won’t let up.
This game consists of having your dog sit still, something you want to encourage, but using their brain and one paw or their nose. The aim is to teach your dog to touch something on the ground that you want them to touch, then rewarding them for the behavior. For example, if you placed a piece of paper on the ground, you would try to coax your pup to touch it. While it might not seem like a fun game for you, your dog’s brain is working overtime to figure out what it is you want them to do.
Choose a Hand is a fun game for dogs who can’t move around too much. Put a treat in one hand, then ask your dog to choose one. Encourage them to go for either one or the other to ensure they get to grips with what the game entails. When they go for the side with the treat, release it to them and start again.
It’s never any fun for your dog or you to go through any form of surgery. However, even harder than the procedure is trying to keep your dog quiet during recovery. These peaceful activities above may be the ticket to helping your dog recover in the safest manner possible. Just be sure to treat them with a fun walk when they've recovered and are ready for physical activity again.