Why Your Dog Keeps Jumping Around After Being Neutered
Is your dog not staying calm and starting to jump around constantly after getting neutered? It’s important to reduce your dog’s physical activity after a neutering procedure as movement can cause complications in the treated area. Here are some reasons why the dog may be jumping around.
The Dog is in Pain or Discomfort
The dog might be jumping around due to the pain and discomfort that follows after a neutering procedure. The discomfort should usually last a few days at most. If it goes on for longer than that then you should call the vet to make sure there hasn’t been further complications introduced to the area where the incision was made.
Temporary Effects of Drugs
Puppies are given anesthetic or a sedative before they go through a neutering procedure. The effects of these drugs may take a few hours to wear off so your dog might not be behaving like his usual self. Usually, these drugs will make your dog feel drowsy but some dogs may react differently and start to jump around constantly not long after the procedure.
Change in Hormonal Levels
Neutering procedures will introduce changes to a dog’s hormonal level, specifically the amount of testosterone. This can cause some dogs to become hyper after a neutering procedure.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s really important to restrict your dog’s body movement for the first couple of weeks in order for the treated area to fully recover. Jumping is definitely one movement you don’t want to encourage. We have a couple of tips to reduce this from happening.
How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping
First, make sure your dog is put in a calm environment. Keep him away from a place that has a lot of external stimuli like street noises as that may encourage the jumping. You might want to also confine the dog in a crate when you aren’t home to supervise.
Second, make sure your dog has access to plenty of toys that don’t require excessive movements. This may include things like food-dispensing toys and chew toys. Nose work activities are also a great choice.
Last but not least, give the dogs a nice massage! This can be extremely relaxing for dogs and it may help lower the amount of stress and discomfort the dog endures temporarily after the neutering procedure.