Dog After Surgery Care Tips
It can be scary and quite troublesome for a dog and hid/her owner to have to go to surgery. Although the recovery process is uncomplicated, but it is the first few weeks after surgery that the dog must be provided with special care and attention. 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. More likely in the following 2 days after surgery, the dog will be experiencing the following: nausea, vomiting, panting, loss of appetite and sometimes loss of bladder control. These are helpful tips on how to care for dogs after undergoing surgery.
The Importance of a Dog Cone
Veterinarians usually require a dog, who goes under the knife or who is being treated from a wound, to wear a cone, E-collar or Elizabethan collar, to stop the dog from licking the wounds or biting the 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.
Approaches in Giving Medication to the Dog
It’s not as easy as it looks when giving a dog his/her medicine, especially if the medicine pill is mixed with the regular food, because more likely the dog will identify it and dodge it away. Knowing that dog treats are preferred by dogs, a special one like dog treat medication, where the medicine is concealed in it, can be given instead. If this will still not work, a pill gun which will forcibly put the pill into the dog’s throat, will do.
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. The most that can be done is regular checking of the wound for signs of infection, like an excessive white or yellow pus.
The Importance of Giving Water to the Dog
Giving water more than the usual volume to the dog, after surgery, can help the dog from being hydrated. Watched carefully the dog when drinking as he/she will have a tendency to be groggy and might droop while drinking water, which might lead to a serious case of drowning.
Giving Extra Care to the Dog
Even when the anesthesia wears off, the dog will feel groggy and sleepy, so to help him/her to rest comfortably, provide a comfortable place to rest or a soft cushion to sleep on. See to it that the wounded dog is isolated from other pets in order to prevent incidents of these pets licking on the wound.