A Simple Plan: Dogs

After Surgery Care Tips to Your Dog

For a dog to undergo surgery is scary and the very least thing for an owner to wish for his/her dog. While recovery process may be simple, the first few weeks after surgery will need special care for the dog. 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. 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.

The Importance of 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

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 not, a pill gun should do the trick, which can put the pill directly into the dog’s throat.

Proper Treatment of the Dog’s Wound

The vet will provide the proper instructions on how to take care of the dog’s wound, once the dog is at home, such as – cleaning the wound with betadine or washing with salt water, cleaning a drain site 2-3 times a day, if any, changing the bandages. Also, checking regularly on the wound, until it is healed, is required to see if there is a development of infection which is an excessive white or yellow pus.

The Importance of Giving Water to the Dog

Dogs, who undergo surgery, will need more fluids, especially water, to keep them hydrated. Attention must be given when water is given, since the dog might still be groggy and might droop his/her head while drinking and may cause his/her drowning.

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.