Helpful Tips to Care for Dogs after Surgery
It can be scary and quite troublesome for a dog and hid/her owner to have to go to surgery. 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. 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. 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.
Proper Wound Care for the Dog
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. The most that can be done is regular checking of the wound for signs of infection, like an excessive white or yellow pus.
It is also important to give more water to the dog, after surgery, to keep from being dehydrated. 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
As soon as the anesthesia wears off, the dog will still feel groggy and sleepy and the effect of the wound pain will begin to be felt, so it would be advisable to put the dog on a comfortable, cool place for him/her to rest or provide a soft cushion to make him/her comfortable. See to it that the wounded dog is isolated from other pets in order to prevent incidents of these pets licking on the wound.