When we hear that our pet needs to have surgery, it can be a scary experience. There are many risks associated with surgical procedures, and if our pets come out of surgery healthy and alive, it can bring great relief. Once the scariest part is over, we can focus on the healing and recovery process. Perhaps just as our pet’s care during a surgical procedure is important, how we treat our pets after surgery is critical to their recovery. Once surgery is over, our pets are not in the clear; unfortunately complications after surgery can cause serious issues for the overall success of the procedure. It is important to take excellent care of your pet after surgery for a number of reasons, but mainly to better their chance of their health and survival. If your pet has recently had surgery for any reason, here is a brief list of some pet-care tips for owners after surgery. It is important to call your veterinarian for any unresolved questions about after-surgery care.
Depending on what area your pet’s surgery was in, they may be especially susceptible to tearing stitches or causing infections with excessive activity. In fact, your trusted doctor may instruct that you stop taking your pet on walks while they recover. It may even be necessary to keep your pet in a kennel until the healing process is over, or until your doctor permits. While it can be terribly sad keeping your pet in a kennel for an extended period of time, it is in their best interest to keep their activity extremely limited after a surgery.
Just as humans need to stay hydrated daily, our pets also need adequate amounts of water every day. After a pet undergoes surgery, hydration is even more important. The healing process cannot occur if their bodies are malnourished or dehydrated—and it can be especially important to remain hydrated if your pet is taking medications while recovering. Make sure your pet has access to fresh drinking water, and keep it where they can easily get to it.
Unfortunately our pets do not have the gift of speech, otherwise it sure would be a lot easier to figure out how their feeling or what they need. After a pet has surgery, it is critical to observe how they behave throughout the healing process. Of course some medications might alter their behavior—they may be especially sluggish or tired—but it is important to look for signs of stress like excessive yawning or drooling.
One of the most essential aspects to your pet’s recovery is that they receive all the medication the doctor prescribes. Some medications regulate blood pressure or pain symptoms, and both can be detrimental to our pets health and happiness. In order to stay organized, you might consider using a daily pill separator so that you don’t accidentally double dose or forget a day of medicine.
And finally, the most important part of after-surgery care is to report any troubling symptoms or signs of distress to your pet’s doctor immediately. It is important to remain in contact with your doctor if: your pet begins licking the surgery area; you are having trouble managing or restricting their movement; if you notice any changes in their behavior; or if they have any adverse reactions to medication. Also, if you have any questions about your pet’s recovery or how to best help them through the process, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
At Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, it is our mission to keep our clients well-informed before, during, and after a surgical procedure. We know how important it is that your pet gets excellent after-surgery care, so we make sure to give and explain through instructions to every pet-owner whose pet has a surgical procedure. Specializing in emergency services for the areas of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and the greater Ventura County, we have experience with many different types of surgical procedures and are well-educated on the risks involved. For more information about your pet’s surgery or recovery process, contact us today – our staff will be happy to help.