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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. 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.

How to Give Medication to the Dog

Dogs are not used to being given medication, but when they have to take in medicine they can easily detect that it’s not food and will dodge it away, most especially if the medicine pill is mixed with the dog’s regular food. 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. 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.

Affording 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.