You’ve got to be really good at handling your dog to be able to take good care of them, says Dr. Gary Kincaid, an otolaryngologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
You have to be patient and kind, he says.
“They don’t want to hurt themselves, but they’re not willing to do it themselves.
You need to be willing to help them understand and accept things that they need to do.
That’s the kind of care you need to have.”
So how do you get there?
First, you need a way to get the dogs comfortable.
“I recommend they sit in a recliner with a towel or a blanket,” Kincaz said.
You may need to teach the dog how to use his hands or feet, which could be done by using a leash or other toys.
“And, if the dog is very sensitive, you might want to massage their shoulders or elbows,” he said.
The dog should be in a quiet place, where it is not a source of distraction, Kincauf said.
A calming cue to the dog can be a loud noise like a car horn, a child playing loud music or a noise in the house.
You might need to use a whistle or other sound that the dog knows and understands.
“If you can make the dog want to go to the table, that can be therapeutic,” Kancic said.
If you can’t do that, try to encourage the dog to go for a walk or get outside to be around people, Kancik said.
This is one of the key points to remember: It is not the dog’s fault if you don’t treat him well.
“Your job as a veterinarian is to help the dog feel comfortable and get the most out of it,” he says, “and to be very patient.”
So do the right thing.
It may take a while to get your dog used to handling your pet, but eventually, you will, Kucic says.
Kincafs advice to parents of dogs who need to get physical therapy: Keep a log of the dogs movements and other daily activities and keep a record of them.
The more you can do to help with the emotional rollercoaster that your dog may be going through, the more likely you are to help.
Kucics advice to caregivers of pets that need physical therapy or physical therapy for mental health: “It’s not an excuse to be neglectful,” Kucins said.
“It can make your life harder.
And that’s okay.
It’s not the end of the world.”