Orthopedic surgery can be very difficult to go through, whether it’s you or your dog going under the knife. Whether your dog needs to have hip surgery, shoulder surgery, or spinal surgery, here are five tips to help make the recovery process easier for both of you!
1) Keep Them Comfortable
Your dog’s comfort is paramount following orthopedic surgery. To help them feel as comfortable as possible, follow these tips:
1) Keep your dog in a crate or small area to prevent over-exertion and to minimize the risk of falls. 2) Give your dog plenty of water; they may not be thirsty but they will need it following surgery. 3) Change your dog’s bandages on a regular basis, or at least once every day, with clean gauze and sterile saline solution (1/2 tsp salt per liter). 4) Offer treats sparingly so that they do not aggravate the surgical site. 5) Check for swelling and discharge around the surgical site. If there is any swelling or discharge, notify your veterinarian immediately.
2) Follow The Instructions
1. You should have a veterinarian examine your dog after surgery to ensure there is no bleeding or other complications.
2. Make sure that your dog has plenty of water, but don’t let them drink too much at once because this could lead to vomiting and nausea.
3. Keep your dog from jumping up and down for the first two weeks after surgery because this can cause pain, swelling, and bruising in the operated area.
4. Gently massage the affected leg for five minutes per day to improve circulation and reduce pain and stiffness in the muscles around the surgery site.
3) Monitor Their Diet
One of the first things to do after surgery is to monitor your dog’s diet. Depending on the type of procedure, it may be best to avoid certain foods that could cause irritation or discomfort. Talk with your vet about how long you’ll need to wait before introducing new foods, and consult a veterinarian if you have any questions about what types of food are okay for your pup post-surgery. When you’re ready, introduce one new food at a time and observe their reaction closely in case they have an adverse reaction.
4) Keep Them Quiet
If you are caring for your dog after orthopedic surgery, it is important to check their incision every day. This will help ensure that the incision is healing well and not becoming infected. The best way to check the incision is by checking the area around and near it with your hands. You should also look for any signs of redness, swelling or discharge from the wound. If you find anything abnormal, notify your veterinarian right away so they can help determine if a follow up visit is necessary or if further treatment is needed.
-Keep them calm: Keep your dog as calm as possible after surgery. Avoid physical activity for at least two weeks following surgery.
5) Check Their Incision
Checking your dog’s incision is important for a variety of reasons. The first is to make sure the wound itself looks healthy. If the skin around the incision appears red or inflamed, or if you see any discharge, consult with your vet right away. Another reason to check your dog’s incision is to make sure it stays clean and dry. Keeping the area clean will help prevent infection, while keeping it dry will help prevent swelling or irritation that could lead to pain as healing progresses.