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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. Following the next few days after surgery, the dog will show signs of grogginess, unable to control his walk and cannot balance, and will be sleepy most of the time. But it is in the 2 days after surgery that should be given a bigger concern to the dog since there will be likely a feeling of 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.

Usefulness 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. The cone attachment may be likely an uncomfortable addition on the dog’s neck, so he/she will likely try to remove it, therefore, there’s an alternative to that, which is a special fabric clothing in place of the cone, which will be hard 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. Since dogs will go for dog treats anytime, vets will recommend dog treats for medication where the medicine is concealed in it. If this will still not work, a pill gun which will forcibly put the pill into the dog’s throat, will do.

After Surgery Wound Care for the Dog

Once the dog is allowed to go home, the vet will give instructions on how to clean the wound with betadine or, in some cases, wash the wound with salt water, or cleaning a drain site 2-3 times a day or how to change bandages. The most that can be done is regular checking of the wound for signs of infection, like 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. 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.