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Helpful Tips to Care for Dogs after Surgery
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. 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. 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. These are helpful tips on how to care for dogs after undergoing surgery.
Usefulness of a Dog Cone
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.
Approaches in Giving Medication to the Dog
Giving medication to the dog can be a tricky business as dogs will easily dodge the medicine pill when it is mixed with the 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. Another alternative is the pill gun which can put the pill directly into the dog’s throat.
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. it is also equally important to check regularly the wound if there are any signs of infection, which is an excessive white or yellow pus.
Giving Water Fluids for the Dog
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
Providing the dog a comfortable place to rest after his/her surgery can help in the speedy recovery of his/her wound. See to it that the wounded dog is isolated from other pets in order to prevent incidents of these pets licking on the wound.