Tips after surgery?


Any surgical intervention, entails certain problems of pain, ostoartrosis, mobility, loss of muscle mass and, sometimes, functionality from the moment in which emerges the pathology or once the animal has been operated.

This group of animals need a series of daily attentions; small details, which will significantly improve their quality of life and that you, as an owner, can provide.

Firstly, it is very important to this group of animals to carry good weight control. Avoiding overweight, diminishes the overloading of joints and their pain. In addition, prevents the emergence of secondary problems caused by excess weight.

Some tips:


  • Avoid to walk on slippery surfaces.
  • Rides have to be frequent and belt, since in this way is that your pet lead a slow but firm step without exhausting him physically. In addition, removed runs, jumps, or other sudden which can be counterproductive to your joints especially in older animals or movements in certain pathologies.
  • During the rides can be leveraged to walking on different surfaces (never slippery, or extreme steps), thus improving the control and the perception of your body.
  • If there is the possibility that your pet swim or walk along the Bank of a river or beach, do it, you get that strengthens the musasses and improve the range of motion of joints and your general physical condition.

At home:

  • Protect it from temperature changes or drafts.
  • It is recommended that you sleep on a surface soft and warm, but to be sufficiently firm as to which the animal can incorporate without difficulties.
  • If this accustomed to sleeping on high surfaces such as sofas, beds, chairs, etc. is suitable to facilitate the ascent and the descent of the area with a ramp. In this same way, act with animals who are used to traveling by car and have difficulties to enter and exit or their surgical intervention temporarily prohibit them doing.
  • It is advisable to have dishes at its height to avoid subjecting the joints.
  • It is important to avoid the sudden exits, behind the ball and steep jumps, above all in those animals with knee and back problems.

*These basic tips are notapplicable to all animals, nor to all diseases equally. You should always consult your veterinarian.



Marta Subirats

Canine physical therapist for canine orthopedics

Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner by the University of Tennessee



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