Caring for a dog after surgery, recovery and feeding

Restoring a dog after surgery largely depends on caring for it, be it sterilization or spinal surgery. Of course, in each case, the veterinarian will tell in detail how to care for a pet, but there are also general rules that should be known to the dog owner. Special dog needs postoperative care on average over 10-14 days, although with serious intervention, the postoperative period rehabilitation can be extended to 1-2 months.

Important rules for caring for a dog after surgery

First you need to take care of the rest of the animal. His corner should be dry, comfortable, warm, but not hot and without drafts.

  • To restore the dog needs rest and a minimum of physical activity, so you should not allow children to shake it for games. In addition, the suffering animal may become more aggressive. It also experienced stress.
  • On the first day after the operation, it is better not to take the animal for a walk at all, anyway, before the operation and after it it does not eat. After it short quiet walks will be useful.
  • Photo: Caring for a dog after surgery

    So that the dog does not lick the stitches, you need to put on a special blanket or "Elizabethan collar".

  • Postoperative sutures need to be treated with local antiseptics once a day. It is better if the antiseptic does not contain alcohol, for example, chlorhexidine. After treatment with an antiseptic, apply an antiseptic ointment, for example, Levomekol.
  • If animals are prescribed any medications, they must be given strictly according to the instructions. For example, in violation of the schedule antibiotic treatment may be completely ineffective.

What to feed the dog after surgery

Exact feeding recommendations will be given by a veterinarian, since this depends largely on the type of operation and anesthesia.

  • An important general rule is that you need to feed the dog often, but in very small portions. She still has no appetite, and the body needs strength to recover, and do not distract them by digesting food.
  • Immediately after surgery, the dog cannot be fed and watered for several hours. This is especially important if the operation was performed in the abdominal cavity.
  • Also, food should be light and preferably liquid. It is better to soften dry dog ​​food in warm water or give special preserves to the diet line. It is better to keep the dog on this line for a month. Returning to the usual diet is best done gradually, during the week, mixing the usual food to the treatment.
  • With natural feeding once, in the first postoperative meal, broth is given, and then semi-liquid porridge with minced meat, cottage cheese, kefir. Unless, of course, the vet did not give other recommendations.
  • The dog must have free access to fresh drinking water.

Photo: Caring for a dog after surgery

For any reaction to food: vomiting in a dog, diarrhea, constipation, etc., it is necessary to urgently consult your veterinarian.

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