Caring for an Irish wolfhound after surgery?
July 18, 2005 11:57 AM Subscribe
Our Irish wolfhound has torn the ACL in one of her hind legs, and the knee is going to require surgery. We're worried about how to keep her "calm" and "off that leg" after the surgery, for 3 or 4 weeks, as the surgeon tells us we'll have to do.
posted by BoringPostcards to pets & animals (7 answers total)
She is about 5 years old, but VERY exuberant and hyper. She is also an outdoor dog, along with one much smaller, older dog. They have a pen in the backyard (it constitutes about a third of our yard, actually).
She is on painkillers right now, until we can get the surgery done (hopefully next week), but they haven't mellowed her down at all. The only thing we can figure out is to buy a kennel type cage to separate her from the other dog, make sure part of it is covered from the weather, and then clean out her poop with a shovel. But we DREAD the idea of keeping her cooped up and immobile like that for a month! Have any of you ever gone through this with your dog? How did you handle the aftercare, and how did your dog manage?