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. 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. 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. Here are common and practical tips that can help dog owners provide the proper aftercare service to their dogs.
When the dog wakes up after the surgery, a cone, E-collar or Elizabethan collar, is attached on his/her neck to prevent him/her from licking the wounds or 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.
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.
After Surgery Wound Care for the Dog
Once the dog is allowed to go home, the vet will give instructions on how to clean the wound with betadine or, in some cases, wash the wound with salt water, or cleaning a drain site 2-3 times a day or how to change 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
It is also important to give more water to the dog, after surgery, to keep from being dehydrated. Attention must be given when water is given, since the dog might still be groggy and might droop his/her head while drinking and may cause his/her drowning.
Giving 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. If there are other dogs in the house, as much as possible, isolate the wounded dog from them to prevent these dogs from licking on the wound.
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