Surgery and Wound Healing Prevention and Wellness Tips
Lessening your pet’s risk of re-injury
Your veterinarian will advise you of the period of time you will need to immobilize the areas affected by the surgery. After this period there are many things you can do to lessen the risk of reinjury. Many of these involve strengthening the traumatized area by proper stretching/exercises, in addition to reducing strain on your pet’s muscles and connective tissue.
Muscle, bone and other tissues of the body respond to exercise by becoming stronger. The best exercise for your pet’s body is weight bearing exercise, which forces him/her to work against gravity. (Walking is a weight bearing exercise.) In addition to preventing bone loss or rebuilding bone, exercise can also strengthen muscles. Having strong muscles will help your pet maintain better balance and become more flexible. This can help prevent falls that could cause bone fractures.
Your choice of exercise might be more limited if your pet has severe pain. However, it is still important that your pet gets some exercise. As with humans, swimming or other exercises done in the water can reduce impact on your pet’s body and may be less painful.
While exercise is good for pets with osteoporosis, it should not put any sudden or excessive strain on your pet’s bones. As extra insurance against fractures, your veterinarian can recommend specific exercises to strengthen and support your pet’s body.
Always consult your veterinarian before beginning an exercise program. He or she may also be able to refer a physical therapist who can advise you of the forms of exercise that are likely to be helpful and those that could be harmful.
Being active will also keep your pet a healthy weight, preventing the strain on the joints that leads to arthritis.
A NOTE ON MEDICATIONS
Whenever possible, avoid chronic administration of drugs that may accelerate tissue breakdown. (These include corticosteroids and NSAIDs, long-term use of which should be discussed with your veterinarian.)
YOUR PET’S DIET
Making sure you feed your pet a high quality, natural diet is important to his/her long-term health and wellbeing. Many pet food suppliers now carry quality natural foods geared towards your pet’s age/weight, etc. Be sure to supplement standard feed with an acidophilus supplement and flax oil for a healthy digestive system and arteries, and to help prevent arthritis.
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Falling Preventing falls is of special concern to owners of pets with osteoporosis as falls can increase the likelihood of fracturing bones. In addition to the environmental factors listed below, falls can also result from impaired vision and/or balance, chronic diseases that impair mental or physical functioning, and certain medications such as sedatives. Pets with hair that hangs over their eyes should either be clipped to accommodate proper vision, or have their hair secured back. It is important that pets with osteoporosis be observed more carefully so that physical changes that affect their balance or gait are noticed early and mentioned to your veterinarian. Some tips to help eliminate the environmental factors that lead to falls include:
- Be careful on highly polished floors that become slick and dangerous when wet.
- Remove yard debris that your pet may stumble over.
- Keep rooms free of clutter, especially on floors.
- Keep floor surfaces smooth but not slippery.
- Be sure carpets and area rugs have skid-proof backing or are tacked to the floor.
- Use a rubber bath mat in shower or tub when bathing your pet.
Avoid Excessive Stress on Bones and Joints
- Prevent your pet from keeping the same position for a long period of time.
- Maintain a healthy weight in your pet to avoid putting extra stress on his/her bones.
- Use supportive devices when necessary (e.g. after an operation, when it may be necessary to use a towel to help your pet navigate to the garden to attend to calls of nature.)
Show Your Pet you Care
A soothing voice, a scratch behind the ears, a stroke on the back…all these gestures communicate that you love your pet and are there to provide help in a time of need.
Other ways to help your pet
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Refer to Tips for a Healthier Pet