I think any spaniel owner knows the horror when the vet tells them that they must rest their spaniel for any period of time… It is like trying to battle a small spaniel shaped whirlwind, that will whip through your home.
During Alfie’s recovery it was essential that he rested during that period, to let the wound heal without any complications. I can tell you now, it was tough! Once the initial sedated cuddle spaniel subsided he turned into a monster! But we did it! He lasted two whole weeks…I thought I would share our tips to keep you and your dog sane during this time.
Ditch the Cone
The moment I put a cone on Alfie he seemed to lose them very few remaining brain cells, he was either trying to bump his cone on everything to get it off… Or the cone drained all his power. He was unable to life his head – I did tell you he was a wimp!
After sleeping in the bed with a spaniel and cone enough was enough, it could not stay! I swapped it for this rather stylish number from Pancho’s Wardrobe. I went decided on the Khaki Marl Tee, as it was soft and breathable and did the job perfectly! It kept him from his wound without any hassle.
You can also get post operative t-shirts from your vets or a number of online stores.
Try to stay in one room
I am very lucky to get to work from home, so I would set up my office in the living room for the day. It is so important to try and keep them as still as possible.
The moment the team at K9 Connectables heard that Alfie needed surgery they got in touch to send Alfie some goodies to help aid his recovery process. I have quite the collection of feeding games but nothing that was fun enough to keep him entertained without him giving up in a princess strop.
Much to my surprised Alfie loved them, I stuffed them full of high reward treats and left him on the sofa… Once he finally ate all the treats he was so ready for a nap – Giving me some time to get a few jobs done!
The Snuffle Matt
By far my favourite discovery throughout this whole process, it really changed Alfie’s dinner time… All I do is hide his dinner in the mat and he will happy forage for it – Something I was really surprised about as he doesn’t like to work for anything.
The lovely team at Watts in the Box kindly send him one to keep his brain occupied, I have recommended one to every dog owner since!
They don’t need to wee as often as they suggest.
Alfie was a bugger, he would make out that he was bursting to go to the toilet… Then just stand there expecting me to play! If your dog is likely to go wild remember to keep them on the lead – Just in case!
Keep their mind occupied
Towards the end of his resting period I started to re-introduce the training, just to get him using his mind a little bit more. A good training session where they really have to think can tire out your dog much more than you realise. Obviously tailor each session to suit your dog, do not have them doing any tricks that may hinder their recovery.
I hope our tips will come in handy if you ever find yourself in the same predicament – I promise, it’s not as bad as you first think!
Emma & Alfie xox