Reverse Sneezing In Dogs Heartgard Plus Generic Tips For Traveling With Your Pet By Air How Long Does A Cat Live? Prevent Roundworms, Hookworms, and Heartworms with Heartgard Plus Can I Buy Heartgard Without a Prescription? Unexplained Weight Loss In Cats Why You Don't Need To Rehome Pets To Keep Your Family Safe From COVID-19 Is Interceptor Safe For My Dog or Cat? Can My Pet Contract Coronavirus? Should My Pet Get Vaccines During The COVID-19 Pandemic? Unexplained Weight Loss In Dogs Cutting Down Expenses on Pet Medicine Why Do Dogs Get The Zoomies Advantage Flea Control for Dogs and Cats Keep Your Dog Safe At The Beach How To Tell If Your Dog Is Sick Advantix for Flea Control Cheap Pet Medications at 1800PetMeds Interceptor Prevents Heartworms in Dogs and Cats K9 Advantix Flea Treatment For Dogs Pet Pharmacy Reviews on PetMeds What To Give A Constipated Dog Frontline for Dogs and Cats How To Tell If Your Dog Has A Fever How Long Is A Cat Pregnant Adopting Two Cats At The Same Time: Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One Can My Dog Donate Blood? Rimadyl: Anti-Inflammatory Pain Reliever For Your Dog Frontline Flea and Tick Products 1800PetMeds Customer Reviews Benefits of Dogs in the Workplace HyLyt FAQ Frontline Flea Treatment 4 Fun Indoor Games For Pets How To Trim Your Dog's Nails Advantage Flea Medicine for Dogs and Cats OtiRinse FAQ How Can I Care For My Pet While I'm In Quarantine? How Often Does My Pet Need To See The Vet? How to Tell the Age of a Cat Frontline Plus with Free Shipping Interceptor Heartworm Medicine for Dogs 1-800-PetMeds.com Coupon Codes Decoding Depression In Pets: Do Cats And Dogs Get Depressed? Does My Pet Need Both a Microchip AND a Collar? Can Pet Health Insurance Help Reduce Pet Expenses? Horse Medication Do Indoor Cats Need Microchips? Does Trifexis Require a Prescription? How To Care For Your Dog After Surgery Euthanasia: How To Know When It's The Right Time Tear Stains In Pets How To Stay Productive While Working From Home With Your Pet K9 Advantix Flea Medicine How To Pet A Cat The Definitive Guide for First-Time Dog Parents Why Is My Dog Drinking So Much Water? Reduce Cat Litter Odor Lactoquil FAQ How To Train Your Cat To Use The Toilet Instead Of A Litter Box Endurosyn FAQ Where Can I Find Cheap Advantage II Flea Medicine? Why Is My Cat Drooling?
Addison's Disease Allergies Anal Sac Inflammation Anxiety Arthritis Asthma Behavior Coronavirus Bladder Stones Cancer Congestive Heart Failure Corneal Ulcers Coughing Cushing's Disease Dental Diabetes Diarrhea Digestive Distemper Dry Eye Ear Infections Ear Mites Fatty Tumors Feline Leukemia First Aid Fleas and Ticks Fungal Diseases Glaucoma Hair Loss Heartworm Disease Hip Dysplasia Horse Horse Lameness Horse Ulcers Hot Spots Hyperthyroidism Hypothyroidism Inflammatory Bowel Disease Joints Kennel Cough Kidney Disease Kidney Stones Kitten Limping Liver Disease Lyme Disease Lymphoma Mange Medication Miscellaneous Motion Sickness Nutrition Pain Parvovirus Poisoning Puppy Rabies Seasons Holistic Senior Pets Separation Anxiety Skin and Coat Submissive Urination Supplements Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight Urinary Tract Vaccine Reaction Vomiting Worms See All A-Z

How To Care For Your Dog After Surgery

Whether your dog went in for a simple neuter or a major surgical procedure, you’re bound to feel overwhelmed when you bring your dog home from the vet. Now that the hardest part is over, it’s just a matter of helping your dog relax and recover. Use these tips to help your dog recuperate after surgery.

Helping Your Dog Rest After Surgery
Depending on the nature of your dog’s procedure, your veterinarian may recommend restricted activity for about 7-10 days for a routine procedure like a spay or neuter, or six to eight weeks for certain surgeries.

During the first 12 to 24 hours, your dog may be groggy, and may want to do little more than sleep off the effects of the anesthesia. Let them rest in a quiet area of your home, away from children and other pets. Even gentle dogs can bite when they’re not feeling well.

A crate is the best place for your dog to rest while they recover. You can also put your dog in a gated area or playpen with just a bed, water bowl, and, if you use them, a potty pad.

Your dog should only go for leashed walks during the recommended recovery period to ensure that they do not run around. Excessive activity can put tension on the incision and can cause it to reopen.

How To Keep Your Dog From Licking Their Stitches
Dogs may lick at the surgical site, either out of an instinctive desire to keep the area clean, or because it may become itchy as it heals. Licking can pull out stitches, re-open the incision, or introduce bacteria, putting your dog at increased risk of infection.

An Elizabethan collar or “cone of shame” prevents your dog from licking their incision. The bulky, plastic cone you get from your veterinarian might be uncomfortable for extended wear. A soft e-collar like EZ Soft Collar or Comfy Cone is just as effective at preventing licking.

It’s best to keep an eye on your dog for at least a few days after surgery, especially if they have to wear a cone. They may need time to learn how to lie down, eat and drink water while wearing it. If you must leave them home alone with the cone, you can leave them in a crate or a safe, gated-off area where there are no obstacles or objects on which the cone can get caught.

If your dog won’t wear a cone, another option is to loosely cover the surgical site without tightly wrapping it. Small to medium sized dogs can wear a baby’s onesie, while larger dogs can wear a t-shirt, leotard, or recovery suit.

Check on your dog’s stitches at least twice a day for redness, swelling, leaking fluids, foul odors, or bleeding. Call your vet right away if your dog reopens the wound or if you notice anything unusual.

When Will My Dog Eat After Surgery?
One of the most common side effects of anesthesia is a decreased appetite. Your dog may show no interest in eating or even drinking water for up to 48 hours after surgery. Heed your veterinarian’s aftercare instructions. They may tell you not to offer food for the rest of the day.

The next morning, you may offer your dog a simple, bland meal like boiled chicken or ground beef that has been drained of fat, plus white rice, a simple carb that’s easy for your dog to digest and burn as quick energy. Plain low fat yogurt, pure pumpkin puree, egg whites are other safe options. To help your dog stay hydrated, you can offer diluted bone broth or water flavored with a little bit of 100% apple juice with no added sugar.

If your dog’s appetite does not return after 48 hours, contact your veterinarian.