Poor Xylophone. He strained a muscle in his leg at the dog park and now has to spend 10-14 days "being still," which means no running, taking walks, playing, fetching, jumping, frolicking, etc.. However will the little corgi survive? X is a very active guy, and he doesn't understand why he can't go on his usual walks or go outside to chase bugs. He is already becoming sad and resentful. Yesterday I took him out in the yard to go to the bathroom and he suddenly starting FRAPing from all the pent up energy, which of course made his limp worse. After that I realized that he needs to be leashed whenever he's outside to keep him from running around (I probably should have realized that beforehand, but he generally gets enough exercise that he doesn't FRAP all that often). I told the vet about the FRAP and he has proscribed some sedatives (!!!) for the poor guy.
Anyone gone through this before? Any tips for keeping a young corgi still, besides keeping him in cage all day? Any ideas on non-active (or no-running-around) amusements? I got him some big bones to chew on, to keep him from getting too bored.
It is very hard. I had one that got her upper spine injured. She had to stay in a crate most of the time and had to go on a leash for bathroom trips. She was a strong willed dog and very angry with me. She had to take dexamethazone or some steroid and had to stay in there for several weeks. The vet recommended that I find a home for the bigger dog who accidentally hurt her while they were playing. Get him anything his heart desires and keep him confined. In addition to the bones you got for him, is there some toy that requires hours of attention. I hope you both can stand it for 2 weeks.
Maybe puzzle toys like this?
Thank you for the advice. The sedatives seem to be helping make him more mellow (though he's all wobbly and blurry-eyed, poor thing), and I got him a pile of bully sticks, which he loves. I'm also keeping him confined to only a few rooms along with brief leashed outdoor breaks.
we purchased a baby pen (cheaper than if you buy one that's made for dogs) when soffie injured her acl and had to be restricted for 6 months!! it was the perfect answer for us then. and we still use it occassionally. for example, we went camping a couple weeks ago and it was great to have to keep the "kids" confined while putting up the tent and during other activities around the campsite. here's a photo taken on that trip! Quick healing Xylophone!!!