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Old 11-09-2012, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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sophie home and on cage rest after surgery for 5 weeks. can bear weight on the leg. is allowed brief leash walks in yard for bathroom/no play, running, etc.

I know it's important to keep her occupied. I do keep her on the sofa next to me as much as I can.

Any ideas/input from those that have been through this are greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, haven't been thru this particular situation. Does Sophie like chews? that may help occupy time and expel a bit of energy? What about a Kong with Peanut Butter to occupy her?

This may seem silly, but it is true, Jake like's it when Daddy reads to him from the "big book of BBQ" (personally I thing he just likes being held like a baby, having his belly rubbed and being talked to)
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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pb kong is good idea.

going to be a long 5 weeks. feel sorry for the poor thing but am happy she will be able to run, play without pain now

crate is actually larger than it looks in photo : - )
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Boo, but at least she will be pain free once healed.
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5 weeks is actual short zephyr follow tendon surgery 6 months and and the month pior for a total of seven months.
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I have used the PB in the Kong..as well cheese whiz works wonders to.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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cheez whiz also good idea. thanks

@mikey T: WOW, 6 months...that had to be tough on both of you. makes 5 weeks seem like the proverbial walk in the park

took her cast off today. unbelievable how normal looking her leg is. has to have soft cone until sutures come out on the 20th.

as always, appreciate the feedback. helpful
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My basset is 4 months old and is ok cage rest for 8 weeks for a spinal injury :/ I know hard it is to lock up your baby. It's heart breaking. I give Darla the bones that are covered in flavoring. They're pretty gross but she chews them for hours.

Hopefully we can help each out with good ideas!


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Old 11-10-2012, 06:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You can put all sorts of things in a Kong and freeze it to make it take longer to get the stuff out. Not sure how "skilled" Sophie is at getting stuff out but I know one of our dogs can get anything out quickly unless it's frozen in there. One thing you can do is make a "frosty paws" type of treat out of Yogurt, Banana, Peanut Butter and Honey. Our dogs love that.
Hope Sophie has an uneventful recovery. Hate seeing our hounds in pain but it will be well worth it in the long run.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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these are more great ideas. am going to give them all a try. very, very grateful. here's hoping all of our little hounds recover soon!!!

@ Caela: speedy recovery for the little one
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