Post-surgery Care: 5 Tips for Looking After Your Dog

Post-surgery Care: 5 Tips for Looking After Your Dog

There are many different reasons why a dog may require surgery. Whether it’s an elective surgery or a medical emergency, it will always feel extremely nerve-wracking for a pet parent even after the surgery is completed due to its accompanying risks.

To ensure a speedy recovery, lower the chances of re-admittance, and ease any possible discomfort until your pooch is completely in the clear, proper aftercare from you is much needed. Read on to find out what exactly you can and need to do to for your furkid!

1. Ensure sufficient rest is given

Post-surgery Care: 5 Tips for Looking After Your Dog

A surgical wound on a dog’s stomach

As much as your dog wants to jump around and play catch, the side effects of anaesthetic or his or her lethargic body probably won’t allow that to happen. However, in some cases, some stubborn canines will insist on engaging in some sort of physical activity. Do what you can to ensure it does not happen, even when the anaesthetic finally wears off, lest the surgical wound reopens.

Vets in Singapore and around the world have roughly estimated that a good amount of rest should range from three to seven days. To keep your pet from moving, running, or jumping about, you can consider confining it in a comfortable crate or to a small area in your home where you can keep a watchful eye on it.

2. Check their eating habits

Due to the discomfort post-op, your furkid may refuse to eat. That’s where you come in to help your pet regain its usual appetite. Instead of feeding your dog dry pellets, consider giving it wet food and treats, which are usually more palatable and appealing to dogs.

You should also follow a “light and white diet”, also known as a low-fat meal of one cooked protein and carb. You could offer boiled chicken or ground turkey with rice and some chicken broth, which are both equally common recipes to help with a dog’s recovery. Otherwise, you could also give your pooch alternative carbohydrates like boiled potatoes and pasta.

What’s really important at the end of the day is to give something that’s tasty and easy to digest. Start with small portions and work your way up. Once your pet has successfully regained their appetite, you can reintroduce its usual food steadily over the period of a day or two.

3. Consider extra measures

For older canines who don’t recover that quickly, you can consider using other aids to help speed up the recovery process. There are a variety of natural supplements recommend by vets that aid recovery in joints, limbs, and other parts of the body.

On the other hand, multivitamins will come in handy in providing specific vitamins and minerals essential for your pet. This is especially useful if your dog is refusing its meals and not receiving adequate nutrients to heal quickly!

4. Make them feel comfortable

Post-surgery Care: 5 Tips for Looking After Your Dog

Do whatever you can within your power to keep your pet comfortable. Start with a proper bed that provides adequate support from your local pet shop or online pet store, or consider purchasing a more comfortable Elizabethan collar if it needs to keep one on.

Ensure that a fresh supply of water is closeby to their beds as well, so that they won’t have to go out of their way just to hydrate themselves.

5. Vet follow-ups and medicines

If your dog had an incision during the operation, you will have to make sure that the wound heals well and stays clean. If your dog is constantly chewing, licking, or pawing at their stitches, it might be a good idea to let them wear an Elizabethan collar, just for a short while.

Owners should also follow the vet’s aftercare instructions carefully. If your vet request for a follow-up appointment, make sure that you take your dog to the check-up. Stay on top of the after-surgery medications and don’t skip scheduled medicine intakes.

Post-surgery Care: 5 Tips for Looking After Your Dog

Being fully aware of your dog’s behaviour is important in the aftercare process. Don’t hesitate to contact your local vet if your dog shows extreme side effects like constant vomiting, diarrhoea, or a prolonged loss in appetite; it’s up to you to make sure your furkid is in the pink of health!