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Keeping dog occupied after surgery

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Moonshine1217, Feb 8, 2021.


  1. Moonshine1217

    Moonshine1217 PetForums Newbie

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    Hey my boy is looking like he is going to have to have surgery for a torn cruciate ligament. I am looking for ways to keep him occupied as he is a husky and very active so keeping him still for a couple of months is going to be a struggle. I will be crating him when he first comes back home to stop him causing himself injury. What toys or activities have people used in the past to keep them occupied. Thanks
     
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    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

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    Brain games, either the ones you can buy or home made things.
    Stuffed kongs
     
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    Nicola234 PetForums Senior

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    Sorry to hear about your boys injury, things like filled frozen kongs and snufflemats will keep him occupied in his crate. Lots of mind games to keep him distracted aswell, hiding things under plastic cups and asking him to find the one with the treat etc, light training that doesn’t involve a lot of movement like ‘touch’ ‘look at me’ etc
     
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    Moonshine1217 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks will get a kong ordered and look at a snuffle mat for him, its just to keep him occupied as I have other dogs he is going to want to play with but not able to so something to keep him happy
     
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    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

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    A few kongs would be good, then you always have something available.

    Good Luck, hope the surgery goes well and he is back on his paws soon.
     
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    Moonshine1217 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you he is so frustrated at the moment as is still wanting to play with the dogs in house and garden but thinks he can do this on 3 legs so is spending time in the crate until his surgery which is hopefully this week. Currently waiting to see if rest heals it or whether he will need to have surgery to correct it, just wanting to be prepared for if he is stuck in a crate for a while. If he doesnt need the surgery the dogs gets some new toys so its a win with the activities either way.
     
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    EmCHammer PetForums VIP

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    My boy is 8.5 weeks post cruciate surgery and it was easier than I thought it would be.
    We did small room rest, and just put an airbed down in there and slept downstairs with him was all over xmas as well so was quite good fun, turned the sofa upside down so couldn't jump.

    He was allowed walks after a couple of weeks, 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins etc which helped break the day up (doesn't feel like alot I know but broke up the cabin fever, and we started physio as soon as we could again to break up the day as much as anything.

    My boy had stem cells which fixed we think a small CCL tear and meniscus tear but the CCL came back again , only worry with conservative treatment, even the stem cell vets said the TPLO was the right way to go as 12 weeks end to end and you are done.

    My boy is doing half hour walks now on lead and just building up, no limping.

    There are a couple of great support groups on facebook as well, which were very supportive at every stage, i.e. eak i'm nervous, and getting set up at home, and managing first few days post surgery etc. A few have huskies on the group I have been on.
     
  8. Moonshine1217

    Moonshine1217 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you I will take a nosey at the Facebook groups, just had confirmation today we are deffo going to have surgery to fix it so will be waiting to be referred to a specialist for it and then he will have to be in a crate as I have 4 other dogs in house that he will want to be playing with but am debating whether to pop the others in kennels for a week at first to keep him calm. Thank you for your insight into post op care I am worrying about it hence trying to find things to keep him occupied.
     
  9. EmCHammer

    EmCHammer PetForums VIP

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    My boy was surprisingly quiet, he is not husky active but is a fidgety boy and for the first week ish he just slept alot of the time which was great in terms of resting up!

    The hardest part was having to go up the garden with him all the time his toilletting schedule was all over the place and he had me up at 3am every night, to get up dressed and up the garden in the snow was painful!

    My other dog didn't try to play with him at all. There is alot of posts on the FB group I am on with people panicking that their dog had jumped on a sofa etc and they were all fine.
     
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