We all want to help as much as possible when your four-legged friend has to have surgery, it can be helpful to know what to expect post-dog operation so that you can make your pet comfortable and recover as quickly as possible. Your vet will give you specific advice relating to your particular pet’s ongoing treatment and recovery, to help them get back their usual selves. I read this great article on Purina on how to do so:
Feeding your dog after surgery
Dogs, like humans, can feel nauseous after waking up from an anesthetic so, after their operation, give your dog a small evening meal of something light, such as cooked chicken or fish. If that's not possible, then feed them just a quarter of their regular food portion. Your vet may give you a specific type of food, developed specially for dogs after surgery. Give them this food for their first few meals, or for as long as your vet recommends but, as soon as possible, get them back onto their normal, high quality food as this will help speed up their recovery. As always, make sure your pet has easy access to clean, fresh water at all times after their dog operation.
It’s very important that you keep dog bandages dry so they don’t cause any further damage. Even if your dog is simply going out to the garden to go to the toilet, you will need to tape a plastic bag over the bandage to protect it. Your vet may give you a drip bag, made of tough material, to use instead. Remember to remove the bag as soon as your dog is back inside as it's dangerous to leave a plastic bag on your dog's foot for too long, as moisture can build up inside and cause health problems – much like when our fingers prune in the bath!
If you notice any unpleasant odours, discolouration, swelling above or below the bandage, limping or pain get in touch with your vet straight away. It’s also important to stick to your specified check-up dates with your vet to make sure that your dog’s recovery is on track. In the meantime, if the dog bandage comes loose or falls off, don’t be tempted to re-bandage it yourself. If it’s too tight, it could cause problems so take your dog back to the vet and they will be happy to redo it for you.
Read more ways to help your dog recover on Purina.co.uk
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