Dog recovery after surgery and illness
During the recovery period after surgery or illness, the pet experiences stress and more than ever needs careful care. The state of general weakness is complicated by discomfort and pain, the dog can be disoriented and very scared, sometimes even showing aggression as a protective reaction. How to alleviate the condition of a pet and help him “get on his feet” as soon as possible? 10 helpful tips will help!
1. Strictly follow the recommendations of a veterinarian.
On the way to restoring the body, the recommendations of the veterinarian must be strictly observed. All diseases, like surgical interventions in the body, differ in level of complexity and danger, and rehabilitation also takes place in different ways. Of great importance is the health status of a particular dog, its age and individual characteristics. Therefore, if a veterinarian prescribed antibiotics, vitamin and mineral complexes, special wound care products, etc., you should not ignore these recommendations or look for an alternative on your own.
It is very important to maintain the time range. For example, if a doctor prescribed pills for 10 days, give their dog the whole period. Do not shorten the period of taking medications even if the pet is feeling better. The health of your pet depends on how responsibly you approach the issue.
2. Monitor your dog regularly.
During the rehabilitation period, it is necessary to constantly monitor the condition of the dog: measure the temperature, monitor the condition of the joints, etc. Always keep the contacts of a veterinarian handy. If something went wrong, contact him as soon as possible. Do not forget to stock up on the contacts of the round-the-clock veterinary clinics, where you can go at night in an emergency.
3. Process seams, restrict access to them.
Within a few days after the surgery, the dog’s sutures will need to be processed to prevent the inflammatory process. For treatment of wounds, in no case should you use zelenka and iodine: this will lead to burns. Use chlorhexidine or vetericin solution. These are powerful antiseptics that do not cause irritation and do not cause pain. More about this in our article “How to treat a dog’s wound?”
Also, the dog must not be allowed to lick the stitches. For this, special collars, bandages or blankets are used.
4. No high surfaces!
A weakened pet, especially if it is still under the influence of anesthesia, should in no case be placed on high surfaces: sofas, armchairs, beds, etc. The dog may accidentally fall and be injured. The best option is a warm, comfortable couch, located on the floor in a quiet and peaceful area of the apartment, away from drafts, doors and household appliances.
Dog recovery after surgery
5. Provide access to water.
The dog should always have access to clean drinking water. If the pet is still too weak to reach the kitchen, move the bowl of water to his bed.
6. Follow a diet.
Balanced nutrition is the main source of energy. A dog after an operation or illness needs a special easily digestible nutritious diet, recommendations for which will be provided by a veterinarian.
In the first hours after surgery, the dog may refuse to eat, and this is completely normal. Do not try to force her to eat, wait until her appetite returns. If the dog does not touch food for a long time, be sure to consult your veterinarian.
7. Introduce prebiotic drinks into the diet.
For many years, prebiotics have been used in the treatment of people as a powerful tool to restore immunity and the body as a whole after operations and diseases. Recently, they began to produce for animals, and in liquid form – for easy assimilation (Viyo Recuperation). The effective effect on the body is explained by 4 nutrients in the composition (glutamine, arginine, taurine, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids), which are responsible for quick recovery. This is a completely safe product that can be combined with any type of feed.
8. Ensure complete peace.
Sleep and rest are another key step towards full recovery. Make sure no one bothers the resting dog.
9. Entrust the care to the owner.
Diseases, operations and recovery from them are a lot of stress for a pet. Being in poor condition, experiencing pain, the dog may be aggressive or ignore others. Therefore, it is better that during the rehabilitation period only one owner cares for the dog, its owner. In the early stages of recovery, contact with other family members or guests is best avoided.
10. Limit physical activity.
During the rehabilitation period, the physical activity of the dog must be reduced. How strong? – It depends on the transferred procedure or disease and on the condition of the dog. Consult with your veterinarian and strictly follow his recommendations. Return the dog to its previous mode gradually.