Sleeping position

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Dr. Andrew Isaacs
DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center

Primary interests include intervertebral disc disease, seizure management, luxations/fractures of the spine, and surgery for brain tumors


Question

My 4 year old girl, Olive, had surgery last monday… I am just wondering… she is wanting to sleep on her sides (she was always one to do this pre- surgery).. for the first many days she tried to sleep on her stomach and I propped rolled towels on either side of her to keep her straight but more and more as the days go by she is rolling over to her sides and stretching out a bit more (she seems most comfortable this way)…. is this ok? I am so paranoid of her hurting herself again.

ANSWER

You can feel comfortable letting Olive sleep in whatever position she feels most comfortable. You just want to avoid her making quick or jolting movements that would stress the surgery site out.

Andrew


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