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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. 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. The following are helpful tips for dog owners to keep to in caring for their dogs after surgery.

Using a Dog Cone

Dogs, who undergo surgery or who are being treated on their wounds, are usually required to wear a cone, E-collar or Elizabethan collar, to prevent them from licking their wounds or from biting the fresh stitches on the wounds. There are, however, some dogs who will persistently look for ways to remove their cone as it’s an attachment that they are not used to, so there’s another alternative to cones, which is a special fabric clothing, which can be worn around his neck, which the dog will find it hard to remove.

How 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. 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 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. 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.

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.