|Barked: Fri Mar 28, '08 11:53am PST |
|Baxter- When things first start out it seems like its going to be foreverrr until theyre free and happy again, but honestly its so worth it in the end! As for the 4 weeks/6-8 week discussion, I have heard some other surgeons will do 4 weeks confined than start puppy rehab and things, so I totally didnt think about that when I responded! Sorry! Either way its definitely a long time for them to be confined but bully sticks, and other real beef treats and chews helped Zoey a lot.
Two weeks after the first surgery I started to put doggie beds around the house (yea, we have a ton around here!), so Zoey could be near me when I was in a certain room. So when I was cooking in the kitchen she'd lay in her bed out there and although she had never perfected "stay" before her surgeries, she now understands it a LOT better haha. I'd tell her to stay and I think she just understood because she knew she wasnt 100% well. But the bed concept helped us a lot. Because she doesnt like to be left alone if we're home.
And to be completely honest, I spent a lot of time carrying her around with me. Even if I went to the bathroom/shower I'd bring her with me (she has a pad in there too right now) and she could go to the bathroom herself or just lay on the rug. But that worked for us because if she doesnt have her sister egging her on she can be a very calm girl, and would happily just lay there and wait for me to finish my shower, etc.
I'd recommend the website bestbullysticks.com to get good deals on some free range bully sticks and other natural bones! I recently placed an order and tried out a lot of different bones and the girls are loving them!
And I think the training idea is a good idea, but just be careful, I would wait at least a week and a half and even then, its sometimes awkward and uncomfortable for them in general, so dont push too hard. Zoey still doesnt do her roll over quite as well as she could before surgery haha...But it all depends on your pup too. Since he's young and such a small dog its GREAT because he'll heal really quickly--and he'll feel like a million bucks in no time--which will be hard on you to keep him calm! haha
As I keep rambling, ugh! Sorry! I just want to throw out one more thing, the first week will be easy on you, hard on him. He will be uncomfortable and wont be trying to run and jump around so you can easily keep him with you on the couch, etc. After that dont be too worried if he walks faster than he's supposed to, or stands up on his hind legs in his crate when company comes over, etc. As long as he isnt running or jumping or pushing off those hind legs in general he wont be able to do damage. Zoey wasnt as confined and calm as she probably should have been for the first knee, yet it healed beautifully. For the second knee I learned my lesson and tried to confine her more, and she had a harder time/some set backs! haha--so go figure! None of the set backs had to do with her level of activity tho. The second knee was just more subborn--hurt her more--and the pin shifted--but didnt cause any damage, just needed to be removed when her boned were fully healed..
OK I'm officially rambling beyond belief. Basically if you have any questions or concerns or worries feel free to message us!
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