Many dog owners are reluctant to let their canine companion undergo surgery because of the risks that come with it, not to mention the process of recovery, which can be painful for the dog.
During the first couple of days after surgery, you can expect for your dog to feel groggy and tired and it will no longer be the active pooch that you once knew. Your furry friend will sleep more than the usual and might suffer from poor balance and control. There’s also the possibility of nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, and inability to control the bladder.
Don’t let this stop you from getting your dog to undergo neutering or spaying. These procedures are necessary to fight canine overpopulation in the country.
Here are some useful tips to help your pooch recover well after undergoing surgery.
Keep Your Dog Still
During the first few hours after the surgery is completed, your dog will feel very tired and won’t be able to move around. Once the anesthesia wears off, you will find it difficult to comfort your dog.
Your dog might feel bothered due to their injured limb but it will be able to tolerate the pain. Most vets recommend that your dog has to remain still for up to a week after the major surgery is completed.
As a dog owner, the best thing that you can do for your canine buddy is to offer comfort. That should help your pooch heal and recover fast. You can perhaps place fluffy pillows on your canine buddy’s bed or spend a few minutes of your time each day to snuggle your dog. Make your dog feel loved and protected at this moment.
Undergoing surgery is not easy for your dog so you should provide all the means to make your pup comfortable, safe, and protected.
Get A Dog Cone
Your dog will also tend to lick the incision because it will become itchy once it starts healing. But this might just exacerbate the wound because your pooch will end up introducing bacteria to the affected area.
Since you can’t watch over your dog 24/7, you should get something to keep it from licking its wound. A dog cone is the best solution for this. You just need to attach this thing on your pup’s neck, and that should be enough to discourage your dog from licking.
Encourage Your Dog To Eat
After the surgery, you can expect your dog to avoid eating because of the discomfort that it feels. Thus, you need to try your very best to encourage your pooch to eat. There’s no need to use force when doing so.
Just try to give your pooch its favorite treat, something that you know it can’t resist. Otherwise, never force your dog or it’ll feel stressed and this will further aggravate its condition. Eventually, when your dog feels hungry, it will start eating.