Recovery suite: Use
a wire crate (rather than plastic
or canvas) for a less
isolating feeling. The
restricted area (ex-pen, crate,
etc.) should be approximately as
wide as the dog's length and 1.5
times the length of the dog's
body... only enough room to stand
up, turn around and when lying
down fully stretch out the legs.
Pad out any extra room with a
rolled up blanket.
homemade lowering of crate roof to
prevent standing on hind legs: Cut
a cardboard box to the length and
width of the crate. Punch holes
around the cardboard edges. Use
string or plastic ties to attach
the cardboard inside the crate at
a height that only allows standing
up, but not room to jump up or
stand on hind legs.
2 to keep dog from jumping in
crate. Drape blanket to head
height of standing dog, so he
can't see if he jumps or stands on
casters to wheel from room to room.
crate to top opening: Michelle' photos and
baby crib, pet stroller, playpen or an ex-pen
which can be easier to get your doxie
out of for potty breaks.
Roxanna's adapting a Graco
NOTE: dogs should never be left
unsupervised while in a stroller.
Please read all of
listed restrictions when
using a pet stroller.
your dog with IOS or Android devices:
Bowls: Raised feeding
& water bowls that can be attached to
ex-pen or a crate. Attach at head height.
to make homemade bowl holder.
Mattress: Soft firm
mattress of some sort:
inch 4 lb density memory foam mattress
to relieve pressure points. NOTE:
protect the foam mattress by
inserting in a large trash bag and
duct taping closed. Tuck in/cover with
Check Walmart, etc. for human memory
can be cut down and stacked for
several recovery suite
Blankets and change of
bedding: 100% synthetic (no
cotton) Fleece fabric as a bottom
sheet wicks moisture away from skin
(have 2-3 on hand) and dries quickly.
Inexpensive fleece throw can be cut to
sizes at Big Lots, Walgreens 2/$10.
You can buy fleece yardage at JoAnn
Fabric Store or the like. This is a
no-sew project as fleece does not
ravel. Layer in this manner:
Trash bag enclosed mattress, pee pad*,
fleece bottom sheet tucked in all around
mattress. *Use human pee pads as they
have no scent to encourage peeing. *OPTION
to disposable pee pads are reusable
waterproof absorbent bed pads:
reasonably priced, washable and last a
long time. http://www.allegromedical.com/
; look for children's disposable bed
mats at your grocery store. Cut down the
twin size to make several crate size
Meds such as tramadol or
post op after-anesthesia can cause
constipation. 1 teaspoon of plain
pureed canned pumpkin 1 x a day PLUS
soaking kibble with equal parts
water for all meals can loosen stools.
Hint: freeze in teaspoon size portions
to use as needed.
Plastic weekly pill box and
pill splitter: Some
pharmacies provide the boxes for free
if you ask when picking up your order.
Pill splitters are inexpensive, much
easier & accurate than using a
knife to cut pills. Make your own med
chart to avoid double dosing or
forgetting a dose, a safety measure in
families where several persons are
giving meds. Learn about
in the "$4 for 30 day Rx" for
many of the typical IVDD medications.
---- Diapers are NOT
recommended. Dogs abhor being near/in
their waste, diapers cause problems
with skin. Proper expressing is
what keeps a dog dry and the bladder
__ Clean up:
Unscented baby wipes for quick clean
up on skin
Marjorie's tip: boil
and cool decaf
green tea to
dampen a washcloth, neutralizes
urine on skin and fur
to avoid rashes from urine
+ clean fragrance.
Use white vinegar in a spray bottle to
kill the bacteria
and the odor they cause on
floors, linens, carpets, etc.
potty breaks to control
speed and limit footsteps-
no more collars as it is too
much stress on the spine.
not leave a dog unattended
in a harness.
for potty breaks.
Inexpensive wire garden
edging fencing that pokes
into the ground is a both
good visual and physical
limiter of sniff fests at
Sling support at potty times:
Liquids: Good thick
low salt/no fat chicken broth is
full of cartilage-building proteins
and amino acids. Freeze it up into
cubes for easy access as you need
it. Fun and keeps the body hydrated:
place cubes in a bowl for licking.
these calmers are not a problem to
in the recovery suite,
but always let your vet know of
everything your pet is taking.
A dog that is rambunctious
in the crate defeats the purpose
of crating. It is better to have
the edge taken off than
facing paralyzed legs with too
Using any oral calmer in combination
with a pheromone
diffuser seems to work best.
It takes several days for
these to start working.
Other product brands may be
available in your area or on-line…
shop by the active ingredient(s) and
a DAP pheromone diffuser at floor
level where the recovery suite is.
Some brands to consider:
--Comfort Zone (DAP) wall
plug-in diffuser 48ml
--Adaptil (DAP) wall
plug in diffuser 48ml
Use a diffuser with one oral
calmer from below:
S chewable tabs contain 50 mg
Soft Chews are colostrum
based like calming mother's milk
and contain 21 mg of L-Theanine.
3) Bach's Rescue
Remedy is a liquid herb
combo to help with relaxation
4) Plain Benadryl
no additional active
is an over the counter
item. The wrong dose can
have dangerous side effects, so
your vet needs to prescribe the
proper amount for your dog.
Avoid if glaucoma, lung disease,
heart disease, some forms of
thyroid disease, prostate disease
or high blood pressure.
Music Hours of
Relaxation Music for Dogs Great for
people too! Here's the
playlist for all 70+ "tunes" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVMjyBESt28&list=PL40E85E65ECE8C6FD
; 10 hours of calming rain sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyTuslmSu_8
__ Crate Rest details
- 6 weeks post IVDD surgery; 8 weeks
for conservative treatment. Tips and
ideas for implementing crate rest
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