8 Lessons Learned: Dogs

Dog After Surgery Care Tips 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 … Continue reading “8 Lessons Learned: Dogs”

Dog After Surgery Care Tips

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

The Importance of 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. 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.

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

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.

Water Therapy for the Dog

Giving water more than the usual volume to the dog, after surgery, can help the dog from being 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.

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.