Prepare Your Home
Preparing Your House For The HomeComing!
During this incredibly stressfull time it is so important to have a plan for how you are going to prepare your house for when your dog gets home.
Questions to Think About:
1. Where are you going to have you dog sleep at home?
2. Are you going to have them confined to one area of your house or apartment? Are you going to crate rest them?
3. Do you have any stairs that they are going to have to go up & down inorder to get outside to go to the bathroom or exercise?
4. What kind of flooring is in your house? Is it a slippery surface such as hard wood flooring or laminate?
As you can see there are many things to think about. Don’t stress out to much because we are hear to help.
Being Prepared is the Key to Success:
It is important to have a plan on how and where you are going to restrict or confine your dog during at least the first 6 weeks of recovery. Quality rest is as important as having a good therpay plan. Many owners incorporate one of the following into their plan.
- Dog Crate
- Gated off Room ie. kitchen or other small room.
What you do not what to do is allow you dog to have full access to the entire house. You don’t want then jumping on and off the bed or couch. This could lead to a injury that neither you or your dog can afford.
It is extremely important not to allow your dog to jump at all. I know this can be really really tough, especially with the nature of some dogs. If your dog is one of those really really happy dogs that is always jumping, all I can say is do your best. With these dogs many times it is best to get a suitable size crate to call their home for at least the first 6-8 weeks. Make sure though that when you let them out that you have a leash on hand so that you can control them from the minute they get out.
AVOID STAIRS IF POSSIBLE!!
I know that this in many cases is impossible. Whether you live in a raised ranch or the second floor of an apartment. Don’t totally freak out. In these cases, I would strongly encourage investing in a support harness that will allow you to help them support the hindend while going up and down the stairs. The best harness for this and the most reasonably priced is our SupportRX:Total Body Harness. The beauty of this harness is that you have full control of the front end of your dog ie. You can control their speed because walking slow is key. In addition, the hind end support is easy take on and off. The front and back portions are connected by a leash so you dont have to bend over and hurt yourself in the process as well. And on last thing about the SupportRX, if needed you can basically pick your dog up like a suitcase safely to get them in and out of the car or even upstairs.
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Stairs like jumping, can overstress the joint and inhibit repair. You also run the risk of injuring the other hindlegs ACL. I am sure that you dont want to go through this again.
In the beginning stages, right after surgery and until your veterinarian says it is okay, it is imperative that you do what you can to prevent your dog from going up and down stairs. However, if you have no way of avoiding stairts to get your dog into and out of the house, or if you dog is to big to carry, you need to take the following precautions.
- Restrict – Make sure that you have the leash attached before you open the door
- Support – Use a support harness as mentioned above or at least a towel around the belly. The only problem with the towel is that it can be hard to hold on to and also you dont have control of the front, but it can work.
- Limit – Block off all stairs that your dog could potentially have access to.
***By the way*** We wont think that you are crazy if you want to sleep on the couch or a blow up mattress downstairs in the living room with your dog. Alot of people do this. You are not alone!
Wood floors, tile, linoleum etc. can all be very slippery to your recovering dog. Again you have to not only think about the leg that just had surgery but also the other three legs. Many people consider putting down throw rugs or runners that have rubber backing just to make things easier.
NO HORSING AROUND!
Resist the urge to get your dog excited even if you think they are feeling better. Also avoided play with other dogs until your veterinarian gives you the thumbs up.
Again these are all just suggestions. Some of them may seem a bit extreme but I want to you protect both your dog and the huge investment that you have made in fixing this problem.