Your pooch has just undergone a procedure and you are curious as to how to nurture them back to health after the surgery. It’s a sound concern and there are a number of instructions that you should follow, but be sure to listen to the advice of the vet that has done the procedure. You should always listen exclusively to a professional who is in touch with your dog’s medical history and the medical case at hand. But what should you do after the first few postoperative days have gone by? You feel the need to get your dog back on track, to see them active and energized once again, and, who can blame you? Take a look at these activities that are aimed towards helping your dog, and yourself, return to your usual selves.
Perhaps a walk sounds too far-fetched at this moment of your dog’s recovery – of course, it all depends on the type of injury or illness your dog is subject to. Therefore, this is an activity that is perfect for dogs that are still not exactly ready to run to the hills. It is an indoor activity, and you can make it as demanding as you wish it to be. You might even design it to be a training course to teach certain commands to your dog. Of course, it’s all up to you and your dog, but the following steps could be modified in accordance to your specific needs, ambitions and wishes.
This is another activity to stimulate your dog to walk and thus, activate the atrophied muscles. Perhaps they have had a serious surgery that has left them bed-bound to what seems like an eternity, but you shouldn’t simply leave it at that. It’s painful and aggravating for your doggo to endure the pain of standing on their feet, and each step seems to take a super canine amount of strength and resilience. So to make this acclimatization to walking less of a ‘survival mode ON’ situation, take out your treats or kibbles, or anything that is dear to your dog, and engage them by hiding these deliciously smelling bites all over the house or backyard.
Everybody loves a good massage, right? So do our canine friends. Massage your dog’s muscles to relieve tension and to show appreciation for your dog’s luscious fur. Just think about it - is there a better job in this world than being a dog masseur/masseuse?
If you’re feeling especially nurturing and caring towards your dog, consider making them a custom-made meal that will make them forget about the pain and misery altogether. This could also include your children or partner - you could make a big family drunch (a doggo brunch) that would also include your best furry friend.
We admit it is not an easy endeavor to keep a recovering dog active and entertained in the boundaries of their limited movements and diet instructions. But give it your best shot, besides, this situation is so much worse for them than it is for you. And remember the ancient saying ‘An eye for an eye, a (dog) tooth for a (dog) tooth’.