Bringing your fur baby in for surgery can be a terrifying ordeal. Throughout the surgery, you worry about their well-being, and when you are finally reunited, the healing process begins! So what are some of the things you can do to encourage recovery in your dog?
How to Care for Your Dog After Surgery
The best thing for your dog after surgery is plenty of rest. Place dogs on crate rest and limiting their movements is often necessary. Your Vet will tell you the time frame the crate rest is required. Although your dog may try to become active or look like he has healed up, continuing the crate rest for the Vet recommended time is essential to allow optimal healing. If crate rest has not been recommended, make your dog take it easy for about a week post-surgery, keep playtime to a minimum, and take short walks, so your dog doesn't overexert himself.
- A playpen: your dog will most likely need to be confined post-surgery. It is optimal to have a gated area for your dog to be safe, comfortable, and somewhere you don't have to worry about them moving around!
- A cone of shame (just kidding) and E-cone helps prevent your pup from licking and investigating open wounds, many dogs hate the E collars, but there are plenty of alternatives on the market. The No-Cone Collar fits snugly around your dog's neck and is more complicated for your dog to get off without impairing its visibility!
- If your dog has had any spinal surgery, the Walkin' vertebraVe will stabilize the spine and alleviate pressure, allowing more support, and can be worn all day. The Walkin' vertebraVe is fully adjustable, so you modify it based on how your dog heals.
- A puzzle toy: being cooped up is boring! Your doggo will need mental stimulation, so they don't try to escape the crate or get worked up and risk injuring themselves further. A snuffle mat is great to hide treats in so your pup gets a little brain exercise!
- Try a support sling to help your dog get up and take the weight off their joints when you take them out to go potty.
- The most crucial post-op treatment is all of the love and snuggles you can give!
Every dog's surgery recovery will be different, so it is important to follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully! Before the surgery, ask questions so that you will be as prepared as possible, and the Vet office will always be just a phone call away if you need assistance!