For brand new dog and cat amputees, running, chasing and jumping games are out of the question for a while but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time and nurture a happy dog or happy cat!
Here are three post-amputation “little extras” that you can do together while your Tripawd heals, after you get the OK from your vet. Read on for a chance to win these “Little Extras” bundles of goodies, courtesy of Hill’s®!
Little Extras Idea #1: Gentle Massage Goes a Long Way
Slow, gentle massage is a great way to get comfortable with your new Tripawd. Once you know the way your dog or cat likes to be massaged, you can use this new skill to strengthen your bond and spend quality time together. According to dog massage expert Pam Kuhn, CAMT,
“Massage improves circulation, speeds healing, increases flexibility, relieves stress, aids socialization, relaxes the body, enhances the human/animal bond, and feels great!”
Dog parents can try these Dr. Kuhn’s easy doggie massage techniques right away. Always end your massage session with some gentle smooches and a healthy treat (Hills has new grain-free treats for dogs and cats too!).
Little Extras Idea #2: Play Interactive Indoor Games.
Fun low-impact, interactive indoor games keep Tripawds from getting bored. Encourage your cat’s hunting instinct with fun cat games that involve hunting and capturing prey. Have an assortment of inexpensive wand toys with noisy bells, balls, mice or feathers connected to the end which you can then dangle, swoosh and zip around in front of your cat (try to keep jumping to a minimum so the incision can heal).
For recovering Tripawd dogs, it’s better to focus on brain games, which can be even more exhausting than chasing a ball. Embrace your dog’s powerful scent instinct with nosework and “Sniff It” games for dogs that reward success with healthy, low-calorie treats like Grain Free Crunchy Creations.
Here’s how Tripawd Maggie and her mom Tracy played the “Sniff It” game in competition:
You don’t need expensive gear, just a few cardboard boxes or clean food containers and of course, healthy treats! Here’s how to get started with scent games.
Little Extras Idea #3: Fitness Games
Build your Tripawd cat’s balance skills by dangling wand toys from a cat tower, starting with lower vantage points first and gradually up to higher platforms. Let your cat capture his “prey” and win every so often. Don’t panic if your cat stumbles once or twice. Typically after just a couple of weeks cats will return to their usual graceful, agile state. As for our canine pals . . .
Asking your Tripawd dog to “sit” “stand” and “come” isn’t just for creating a well-behaved dog, obedience games also build core-muscle strength and balance – a two-for-one and win-win for you both! Re-familiarize yourself with everything you learned in puppy kindergarten and get your treat bag ready!
Enter to Win Little Extras from Hill’s!
For a chance to win that “Little Extras” goodie bundle from Hill’s® Science Diet®, just fill out the entry below! Two winners will be picked at random on 10/10 and each can choose one of two “Little Extras” Giveaways:
A free doggie goodie gift bundle:
- Stainless steel dog bowl
- Bag of Hill’s Science Diet Dental Chews
- Bag of Hill’s Science Diet dog treats
- Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag.
A free cat goodie gift bundle:
- Laser pointer toy
- Sainless steel cat bowl
- Eight micro cans of Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free entrees
- Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag.
This contest has ended. Please see Hill’s Healthy Pets for more information and savings.
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Our favorite way to spend time with our dog Mavis, newly a tripawd, is to walk around our property with her, rediscovering it at her pace–which is sometimes faster than our own!
Our favorite “little way” to spend some extra time with Sebastian, our TriPawd, was to sit together on the floor and gently massage his scar which he really liked – he’d roll into us while we rubbed his incision area and would look like he was simply in heaven! 🙂
little extra way to spend time with our dog is by going on long walks to the park
I tend to let my pooch take some nibbles as we prep dinner 🙂
our favorite little extra is spending those few extra minutes snuggling before bedtime and when we wake up.
Our favorite “little extra” way to spend time with Domino is most definitely massage. He loves it and so do we!
Pawesome! Just entered, thanks!!! 🙂