Dogs Hide Their Pain
They Often Hurt More Than They Let Us Know
TIP #4 for home nursing your dog.
THEY HURT MORE THAN THEY LET US KNOW.
Always remember that your dog will try to fake you out and seem to be healthier and in less pain than they actually are.
You have to keep this in mind when they start trying to do things on their own that you have been ordered by your veterinarian to not allow. You have to go with your gut to some extent, but you also have to follow instructions, because a dog’s instinct is to push it.
Even people often push their recovery too fast, and we know better, so of course dogs are going to do the same! But they also have a genetic make up that encourages them not to act injured so that they do not look weak and become prey.
Make sure you are helping to set the pace for their recovery, and using tools to keep them calm so they don’t try to jump or run. If your dog is not perfectly trained, then you might have to even have a leash on in the house and/or use a crate sometimes.
This is a video clip of when I was just starting to help Musik begin walking again a few days after her attack.
EXTRA TIP – Notice that I put yoga mats on the floor so she wouldn’t slip. The doctor recommended no slippery surfaces, which makes sense, since falling could really hurt her and she was on pain meds which made her woozy and have unsure footing. She also had an injured shoulder and was limping at the vets, so we wanted to protect that particular injury as well. This is also a great technique for older dogs. (I actually had all the mats from my previous senior dog.)
EXTRA EXTRA TIP – Introduce things like steps and walks in small increments. For instance, I first let her just go up the last couple of steps, then 4 or 5 steps, before letting her go up the whole staircase by herself. This builds their stamina as well as their confidence and ensures less chance for (re-)injury.
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