After Surgery Care Tips to Your Dog
Surgery is the very least in the minds of dog owners, but when there is no choice, it can be a scary experience to both dogs and owners. It is the first few weeks after surgery that will need special care and attention to the dog. In the first few days, the dog will show signs of being groggy, sleepy most of the time, and show poor motor balance and control. But it is in the 2 days after surgery that should be given a bigger concern to the dog since there will be likely a feeling of 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.
Veterinarians usually require a dog, who goes under the knife or who is being treated from a wound, to wear a cone, E-collar or Elizabethan collar, to stop the dog from licking the wounds or biting the 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.
Approaches in Giving 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. Since dogs will go for dog treats anytime, vets will recommend dog treats for medication where the medicine is concealed in it. 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
If the dog is allowed to go home a few days after surgery, the vet will definitely give instructions on how to care for the wound, such as: cleaning the wound with betadine or washing with salt water, cleaning a drain site 2-3 times a day, if there is one, 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.
It is also important to give more water to the dog, after surgery, to keep from being dehydrated. 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. One must give extra attention in keeping his/her wounded dog from other dogs so as to prevent these dogs from licking the wound.