Having your dog undergo surgery can be almost as stressful for you as it is for your pet, but you'll want to be prepared and focused to ensure a speedy and successful recovery. Here are just some of the many ways you can tend to your dog's needs after a surgery. With these tips and the advice of your veterinarian, you can get your pup on the road to recovery.
Your dog may have restrictions on his activity level for the days, and sometimes weeks, after the procedure. It can be tricky to limit your dog's movement, but you can successfully do this with the help of a crate. Your dog doesn't need to be confined in the crate every hour of the day, but spending a majority of time in it can reduce the chances that your pet might irritate the incision area or become otherwise injured. Your vet can help you to determine the size of the crate that is best for your dog and how long you need to rely on crate confinement during the recovery process.
Whether your dog spends time in a crate or just needs a place in the home to stay comfortable, it's important to create a cozy place to rest and recuperate. You can purchase an orthopedic pet bed, which provides comfort and support for your dog's body. Consider lining the crate with a comforter and placing the bed on top for added comfort. Keep a favorite toy in the bed, but be sure it's one that your dog will cuddle and not try to play fetch with.
Your vet may have prescribed medication for your dog, which might include antibiotics to fight infections or pain medications to reduce discomfort. Be sure you understand the instructions before you get your pet home, and talk to the veterinarian about ways to get your dog to take the medication. Some dogs may refuse pills, which might mean you have to hide them in a meaty treat. Ask about any dietary restrictions during the recovery period, as this will help you to determine different ways of giving your dog needed medication and providing tasty snacks as a reward for taking the prescription medication.
You should receive a list of post-operative care instructions before your dog comes home. Read them over, and don't be afraid to ask questions. The more you know about how to care for your dog after pet surgery, the better the chances will be for a full and speedy recovery.