Helpful Tips to Care for Dogs after Surgery

Surgery is the very least in the minds of dog owners, but when there is no choice, it can be a scary experience to both dogs and owners. While recovery process may be simple, the first few weeks after surgery will need special care for the dog. After surgery and in the next few days, the dog will find itself groggy, sleepy more than usual, cannot balance when standing or walking, and will have poor motor control. Most often than not, the 2 days after surgery is a crucial concern for the dog since he/she will more likely experience the following: nausea, vomiting, panting, loss of appetite and sometimes loss of bladder control. Here are common and practical tips that can help dog owners provide the proper aftercare service to their dogs.

Using a Dog Cone

When the dog wakes up after the surgery, a cone, E-collar or Elizabethan collar, is attached on his/her neck to prevent him/her from licking the wounds or biting the fresh stitches on the wounds. Some dogs may not be like the cone attachment and will find ways to remove it; therefore, there is another alternative which is a special fabric clothing which can be attached in place of the cone and which can be difficult for the dog to remove.

Ways to Give Medication to the Dog

Giving medication to the dog can be a tricky business as dogs will easily dodge the medicine pill when it is mixed with the regular food. An effective way is to give dog treats for medication, which is a special treat where the medicine is concealed in it. Another alternative is the pill gun which can put the pill directly into the dog’s throat.

Proper Treatment of the Dog’s Wound

If the dog is allowed to go home a few days after surgery, the vet will definitely give instructions on how to care for the wound, such as: cleaning the wound with betadine or washing with salt water, cleaning a drain site 2-3 times a day, if there is one, changing the bandages. it is also equally important to check regularly the wound if there are any signs of infection, which is an excessive white or yellow pus.

Giving Water Fluids for the Dog

Giving water more than the usual volume to the dog, after surgery, can help the dog from being hydrated. When a dog starts to drink water after surgery, he/she should be carefully attended to as there is a likely chance that the dog will still be groggy and thus can drown his/her head into the bowl of water.

Giving Extra Care to the Dog

Providing the dog a comfortable place to rest after his/her surgery can help in the speedy recovery of his/her wound. One must give extra attention in keeping his/her wounded dog from other dogs so as to prevent these dogs from licking the wound.

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