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About three weeks ago our 5 1/2 month old puppy injured her knee (the vet believes it's a sprain), and we're having a really difficult time to get her to relax so it can heal. As of this week a lump showed up at the place of the injury and the swelling is still present. We have an appointment with the vet today to see what's happening with the lump.

We play a lot of nose games where she has to find things, we teach her heal and stop while walking around the kitchen, and we got through sit, stand-up, give a paw, etc., and nothing tires her out.

She has so much energy that she can't get out that it's now hard to get her to stop jumping or throwing her toys, and she's started to bite us now. She used to be fine in her pen but now she won't stop trying to jump out, and when in her crate she completely panics and tries to dig out. We've even tried to leash her to us while we move around the house and that doesn't help. All of this doesn't help the healing, and as I mentioned the biting is getting really bad.

We're not sure what to do or how we can help her heal/calm down. Any advice is appreciated.
 

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Is she supposed to be on crate rest? What are the restrictions?

One of my former trainers had a very high energy dog that had to be crate bound with a blown hock for 12-16 weeks. She came up with an awesome list of things to keep her dog busy. You can find it here: Foundations For Life Training
 

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Is she supposed to be on crate rest? What are the restrictions?

One of my former trainers had a very high energy dog that had to be crate bound with a blown hock for 12-16 weeks. She came up with an awesome list of things to keep her dog busy. You can find it here: Foundations For Life Training
She is supposed to be resting and only going outside to pee, nothing more, they didn't say to crate her though. We used to pen her and she was fine, she would just chew a bone or fall asleep but now if I put her in there she won't stop jumping to get out.

We had another vet visit today and they think it might be partially ruptured so hopefully the list you shared will help to tired her out. Thanks for sharing that.
 

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My boy Hoss is on bed rest and I am using music therapy with Hoss till we get to surgery.
Some therapy music on youtube for dogs.
Hoss is 5 years but those knees are nothing to mess with so keep pup off that leg as much as possible unless cleared with vet.
Sprain is one thing but a rupture is not good.
Lots of Rest and whispering For us humans.
Massage is great.You just start with stroking their backs from the top to the bottom real slow.
Seriously 20 strokes your dog will be putty in your hand. Just move real slow.Gentle actually.
You want the home atmosphere around the dog to be mellow......and pup will sleep.
Seriously sprains can be managed through strict rest.
To avoid bigger problems keep your dog off that leg whatever it takes.
Hoping you pup gets better real soon.
 

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My boy Hoss is on bed rest and I am using music therapy with Hoss till we get to surgery.
Some therapy music on youtube for dogs.
Hoss is 5 years but those knees are nothing to mess with so keep pup off that leg as much as possible unless cleared with vet.
Sprain is one thing but a rupture is not good.
Lots of Rest and whispering For us humans.
Massage is great.You just start with stroking their backs from the top to the bottom real slow.
Seriously 20 strokes your dog will be putty in your hand. Just move real slow.Gentle actually.
You want the home atmosphere around the dog to be mellow......and pup will sleep.
Seriously sprains can be managed through strict rest.
To avoid bigger problems keep your dog off that leg whatever it takes.
Hoping you pup gets better real soon.
Thanks for the info. After seeing another vet we're visiting a specialist tomorrow to determine if surgery is needed. If so I'll being using your advice either way 🙂.
 
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