5 TIPS for the rehabilitation of your dog after surgery or trauma

5 TIPS for the rehabilitation of your dog after surgery or trauma

After surgery or a (physical) trauma, your dog's body goes into a 'rehabilitation mode'. This means that the body tries to repair itself as quickly as possible. This rehabilitation period can last several weeks, and sometimes even months. The recovery is done by the body itself - as the owner you have little influence on this. However, you can help with this by designing the environment optimally and providing optimal support. Here are 5 tips to help your rehabilitating dog.

1. Provide a good rest area

Make sure your dog has its own resting place, where the body can recover. If you are sick yourself - then you do not want to lie in a busy environment, but you prefer to retire to a quiet (bed) room. Your dog also needs this resting place now more than ever.

2. Provide a good dog bed/dog mattress

Many dog beds are not suitable for lying on if the body is already in pain. Most dog mattresses, dog beds and dog beds are filled with balls or flakes. This filling makes your dog lie on the ground with its hard (heavier) structures. It is therefore very important to have a good dog mattress, preferably made of good quality foam. This allows your dog to lie comfortably and recover.


3. Decorate your home

A dog at rest should ideally not do too many extra stairs. So let your dog (temporarily) sleep downstairs when he is rehabilitating. It is also important that your floor is non-slip, so that your dog certainly does not slide out and injure itself extra. You can easily fix this with a mat. You can also put on your dog a non-slip stocking. This protects it from slipping all day long.


4. Help your dog stand up, walk and/or climb stairs

Every time your dog stands up, it may hurt itself even more. To guide them in this, you can opt for an STA-op help. This ensures that you can give your dog extra support when getting up. It can also be used during (short) walks.


5. Give extra support

Sometimes walking is too hard for your dog, but it does need exercise. Then you can temporarily use a wheelchair (in case of problems with the hind legs). The dog wheelchair will ensure that your dog no longer has to carry its weight on its hind legs. This allows hips, knees and ankles to recover optimally. The dog does walk with their hind legs, so that muscles continue to train, but the weight is (almost) reduced to zero.

Be sure to surround yourself with professional counselors for a rehabilitation: a veterinarian, a physiotherapist, a hydrotherapist... Come and visit us to see which additional aids can be used to ensure that the rehabilitation proceeds optimally. You can make an appointment via info@pro4paws.com a consultation is always free.


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