If your pet undergoes any kind of procedure with Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, you will be provided with detailed discharge instructions to help guide you through your pet’s recovery.
It is very important for you to adhere to these recovery guidelines as closely as possible, including activity restriction and medication schedules. However, dogs and cats are not always the most compliant recovery patients, and you may encounter some challenges in handling their recovery. Administering medications can be difficult, but compounding pharmacies make flavored medications, and food items like Pill Pockets are a great way to make pilling your pet a breeze.
One of the most common challenges is how to keep your energetic dog quiet and confined comfortably to a crate for an extended period of time. Dogs who are used to exercising regularly will often get bored easily, and can become their own worst enemy during crate confined recovery.
During the first few days after a procedure, your pet will likely be experiencing more pain and discomfort, and will often be more lethargic (often as a result of the medication they are taking). As your pet starts to feel better, they will regain their energy and be much more difficult to contain. This is dangerous because recovery and adequate exercise restrictions is very important to maximize the outcome of the procedure.
The video below offers some great tips for helping your dog exercise their brains instead of their bodies during recovery from a surgical procedure. Watch the video to see examples of all the tricks you can teach your dog. Then click the link to the video (http://youtu.be/YfL99xcEpXc) and read the description for links to training instructions. With a little bit of time and effort, not only will your pet be happier, have a better recovery, and have less energy to expend, they’ll have some new tricks to show off at the dog park!