Taking your pet in for a surgical procedure can be frightening and worrisome but once the operation is over and is successful everyone is finally stress-free.
As a pet owner it is important to recognize the importance of the aftercare when you take your pet home from a surgery.
You want to make sure that they feel comfortable and are in a calming setting in order for them to heal successfully. Therefore, it is important to learn how you can make post-surgery into a fast and easy recovery by following some of these few tips.
Before You Leave the Hospital
Before you leave the hospital there are a few important things that you want to make sure you follow through with as a pet owner.
For instance, you will be given a list of instructions and medications that you will need to do in order for your pet to have a full recovery.
It is important to read through the instructions before you go home and ask the veterinarian any questions or concerns that you may have.
The second thing you want to do is to ask how to correctly lift and/or support your dog if it is needed to when you get home. In addition, it is also important to book a follow-up examination as soon as possible to ensure that the recovery process is going well.
Tips for When You Get Home
Supportive Resting Place
When you bring your dog home, it is important to have a place for them where they can rest/sleep comfortably. Therefore, it is important to have a supportive mattress that provides comfort and the reinsurance that they will not fall.
A Quiet Environment
When you bring your pet home you want to make sure that the home is quiet and calming as noise can make your pet even more stressed out after surgery. In addition, when the home is quiet it allows them to get the rest that they need for a full recovery.
A Cone of Shame
Many pet owners forget how important an E-Collar is to have for your pet after a surgery. It ensures that they are protected from bumping into things; which can increase recovery time for them. Also, it will prevent them from licking or chewing on their wounds.
It is important to make sure that you monitor your pet’s intake of food and water and follow any instructions that the veterinarian may have given you. Therefore, it may be useful to use smaller bowls and provide smaller amounts of food and water; until your pet is fully recovered.
Raise Food and Water Dishes
Having your pet’s food and water dishes raised up off the ground can be very effective for all sized pets. This is because it can help decrease strain in their neck and back. In addition, a low bowl may be uncomfortable for your pet after surgery.
Help Avoid a Slippery Floor
It is important when you bring your dog home that you put some kind of throw rug on your floors. This will ensure that your pet has the support and grip when they are walking around. As a small fall can cause additional injuries and increase damage from the wounds that they already have.
Gates to Help Prevent falls
Gates are a great thing to have around the house after surgery. This is because it will block off stairways or other areas that can cause falls. In addition, it can help you to be put to ease as the gate can help make sure you can keep a close eye on your pet and monitor their recovery process.
Putting on a t-shirt on your pet will not only make them look cute, but will also help with the recovery process. This is because it can help prevent your pet from licking and chewing on their wounds until they are fully healed.
Monitoring Surgical Signs
When you pet comes home from surgery it is important to monitor their wounds and/or injuries. It is important to watch out for, odor, heat, redness, and oozing; as these can be signs of an infection or complications after a surgery. Therefore, if you find anything abnormal it is important to call your veterinarian immediately.
It is important to recognize that recovery time is unique for each individual pet. Hence, it can take from 2 to 6 months. However, if you find that the recovery process is taking longer than that you should visit your veterinarian.
It is important to make sure you take your pet to all of the follow-up appointments even if you may think your pet is recovering fine.
For instance, stitches may need to be removed, a cast may need to be removed and sometimes there may be complications from the surgery that you may not physically see.