When we think about puppies, we usually imagine fun things like cuddling or playing. We tend to forget that they can get sick too. And just like a good pet parent, we should do our best to help ease their pain.
Sometimes, medication and other medical treatments are needed for them to be cured. Because a puppy wouldn’t understand if you’ll tell him to be still or leave the injured spot alone, you may need to restrain him. This will prevent him from hurting either of you. Here are some ways for you to gently restrain your pup:
- Hug restraint – This immobilizes the abdomen, chest, legs, or back and works well on large puppies, which are 20 pounds and above. Place your one arm around and under your puppy’s neck. Do a half-nelson position then hug your pup. Reach over and around your puppy’s chest using your other arm. Then, pull your pup closer to your chest.
- Stretch restraint – Use this type of restraint if you have a small puppy, except if it is a breed with prominent eyes like a Pekingese. Using a technique that puts pressure around a prominent-eyed pup’s neck may cause its eyeballs to prolapse. While your puppy is positioned against the floor or tabletop, use your one hand to grasp your pup’s loose skin that’s located at the back of the neck. Hold both hind feet using your other hand. Then, carefully stretch your puppy out flat on the floor or table.
- Kneeling restraint – This type of restraint works well on the small breeds and puppies that are prominent-eyed. If you need to medicate your puppy all by yourself, this is an excellent type of restraint that you can use. All you have to do is place your pup between your knees with his face out. Place one of your hands on top of your puppy’s head while your other hand is holding him under his jaw.
- Reclining restraint – If you have medium to large size puppy, this is a good option for you. Have your puppy rest on one side, with the affected area facing up. Using one hand, hold the ankle of your dog’s foreleg that’s closest to the ground while your forearm is pressed across your puppy’s shoulders. Then, using your other hand, hold the ankle of the hind leg, which is nearest the ground, while your forearm is pressing across his hips.
- Body restraint – To do body restraint, use a t-shirt. Put your puppy’s front legs on the t-shirt’s arms and his head on the neck. Safety-pin the loose end behind your puppy’s rear legs, right beneath his tail. Then cut holes on a towel or sheet and put your puppy’s rear legs through those holes. Pull the towel or sheet up and use safety pins to secure it on your puppy’s back.
- Collar restraint – This is a cone-shaped collar that is placed around a dog’s neck. This comes in different sizes. Some new designs are softer while the others are inflatable. Some are also made like the stiff cervical collars that people with neck injuries wear. However, some dogs don’t like wearing a collar because it gives them a hard time eating or navigating.
- Muzzle – To prevent a dog bite, gently hold your dog’s mouth using a muzzle. There are many different types of commercial muzzles in varying sizes that are available in pet stores. You can make your own muzzle too if you want. Just tie a loop using roll gauze, soft cloth, or pantyhose around your puppy’s nose. Tie another knot under his chin, draw the ends behind your puppy’s neck, and then tie it again behind his ears.