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Old 03-19-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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Some of you may remember the post I made a while back on my pointer, Casey's knee surgery. Well we finally got the surgery done (not the TPLO, the other one) and she just came home an hour or so ago. She has to have VERY limited exercise for the next three weeks, and is already getting sick of it. lol. We keep her in the laundry room (rather large room) and will probably have to get her a crate because she keeps getting up.
I'm also quite put out with the vets because we picked her up and she was filthy. Her ear was sticky (she also had a dental done), had green stuff on her nose and cheeks, her front leg where the iv was had blood all over it as well. So of course I spent a good half hour gently cleaning her off. Poor girl kept licking me and wagging her tail.
She's very much one of those dogs that loves being outside and being with the family, but obviously she can't be for a while. Other than frozen Kongs, what ways have you guys heard of/used to keep a dog on crate rest amused?

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Wu had to be confined when she blew a disc (3 weeks) - I didn't put any toys in with her but I did put the crate in the living area so she could see the tele and be with us. It kept her calm up until that last week when she was feeling better. That was the hardest time.

BTW if you can't bathe and I'm assuming you can not wiping her down with Witch Hazel will clean and refresh her.

Most people don't think of this, and I'm not saying you haven't considered this, do change the bedding regularly. It will keep her comfortable and fresh.

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Chessie just came off a long period of crate rest from her surgery and is still in the very restricted exercise stage. I replaced the pad in her crate with a memory foam mattress which she really seems to like as she is using that as a place to sleep more than anywhere else now. I covered it with a large terry towel which I changed daily and she amused herself reararranging it with every change. I did the stuffed kong and stuffed bone things for her also which, of course, held her interest, but only for short periods of time until she successfully emptied them. Chessie is a tv watcher so I moved her crate to an area where she would be with me and be able to see the tv also and I spent a lot of time sitting on the floor watching tv with her and playing little games through the wire of the crate. I do empathize with what you are going through, I wished I could teach her to read or something, lol. I hope Casey is feeling better soon.
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Chessie just came off a long period of crate rest from her surgery and is still in the very restricted exercise stage. I replaced the pad in her crate with a memory foam mattress which she really seems to like as she is using that as a place to sleep more than anywhere else now. I covered it with a large terry towel which I changed daily and she amused herself reararranging it with every change. I did the stuffed kong and stuffed bone things for her also which, of course, held her interest, but only for short periods of time until she successfully emptied them. Chessie is a tv watcher so I moved her crate to an area where she would be with me and be able to see the tv also and I spent a lot of time sitting on the floor watching tv with her and playing little games through the wire of the crate. I do empathize with what you are going through, I wished I could teach her to read or something, lol. I hope Casey is feeling better soon.
LOL Oh wonderful, I thought my dogs were the only ones that watched TV, and how strange they were to do so. What a relief to see mine aren't the only ones.

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