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Tips To Help Your Dog Recover From Surgery

by Samuel Sullivan

As a responsible dog owner, you want to ensure your furry family member is well taken care of. Unfortunately, this sometimes means your dog will require surgery at some point. Knowing how to properly care for your dog after they get home from the veterinarian will lessen the chance of serious complications and could help your dog recover more quickly. Here are a few simple tips to help you care for your dog after surgery.

Create a Recovery Area at Home

Before your dog gets home, create a small area for your dog to recover in peace. Choose a quiet room that is away from other pets. Do not allow the other dogs or cats in your home access to your injured dog. Your other pets could try to play too rough with them, which could lead to further injury.

Do not allow your dog to sleep in a bed, couch, or anywhere off the floor. Your dog will likely be incoherent after the surgery, and a fall from a bed could cause an additional injury. The anesthesia will remain in your dog's system for several hours, which will make it difficult for your dog to maintain its body temperature. Make sure your dog is comfortable and not too hot or too cold.

Keep your dog in this area for several days to prevent any further injury to the incision.

Care for the Incision Properly

Keep an eye on your dog's incision for the first one to two weeks after the surgery. If there is a dressing, your veterinarian will instruct you on how to change it. Do not attempt to clean the incision or apply any antibacterial ointments or creams unless first instructed by your veterinarian.

Watch for potential signs of infection, which include fluid or excess blood leaking from the incision, swelling, redness, and fever. Talk to your vet immediately if you notice any of these signs.

Feeding and Watering Your Dog

Restrict your dog's diet for the first few hours after surgery. For example, give your dog only one-quarter of their normal meal or provide them with some bland food, such as rice or cooked chicken. Don't be surprised if your dog is not hungry for the first day after the procedure. Provide your dog with continued access to water as your dog will require extra water to aid in the healing process.

From proper wound care to ensuring your dog is safe and protected, there are several steps you will need to take to care for your dog after surgery. Contact an animal hospital near you, such as Center-Sinai Animal Hospital, to learn more.