Pet Orthopedic surgery involves fixing a joint or bone that congenital or traumatic conditions may have damaged. It takes time and patience to provide post-operative care; recovery takes weeks and can be difficult for you and your dog. Below is a guide to post-operative orthopedic surgery care from our dog orthopedic veterinarians here at safarivet to help you and your dog get through the healing process as stress-free as possible;
Restrict Activity and Make him comfortable.
It includes not walking your pet, not allowing them to jump on and off furniture, and not allowing them to go up and down the stairs. When your dog needs to relieve himself, ensure he’s on a leash. It may be difficult to go through with this as your dog may be cranky, but keeping your dog from engaging in strenuous activities when recovering from orthopedic surgery is critical.
The best way to restrict activity is to keep him confined to a space without objects to jump on or hurt himself, such as a playpen or a cozy small room. Ensure to furnish the area where your dog is confined with their favorite toys, blankets, and plenty of room to sprawl out. Use padded bedding that is simple to clean for your pet’s bed.
Reduce the amount of food.
During the recovery time, your pet’s feeding should be reduced. Because of the decreased activity during the recovery period, your pet may likely gain weight, so the amount of food provided should be reduced.
Manage the Side Effects of Anesthesia.
General anesthesia is used during orthopedic procedures, which may make your dog queasy or lose appetite as they recover from its initial effects. Most orthopedic veterinarians advise giving your dog a light meal (like chicken and rice) to help digestion. Within 24 hours, your dog should be able to shake off the effects of the general anesthesia.
Take Care of Your Dog’s Pain.
It is important to administer all medications exactly as directed. You will be given pain relievers and antibiotics before being discharged. Most pets do not show signs of pain. Pain management is easier than pain relief. To ensure effectiveness and reduce the possibility of side effects, follow your veterinarian’s instructions on the medication closely.
Take Care of the Incision Site.
Keeping your dog from biting, chewing, or scratching at the incision or bandages can be difficult. A post-surgery jumpsuit or cone-shaped plastic collar (available in hard and softer versions) is a good way to keep your pet from getting to the wound. To prevent infection and allow the wound time to heal, you must prevent your dog from licking/scratching the wound.
Ensure you keep the bandages dry always.
Keep your dog entertained.
It takes several weeks for your dog to recover from orthopedic surgery, and he will undoubtedly be bored and frustrated by the incision site’s reduced level of activity and itchiness.
Sitting quietly with your dog, playing with him, playing some less strenuous games with him, stroking his fur, and talking calmly with him, can help your furry buddy stay relaxed and loved.
Lastly, heed your vet’s instructions on post-operative care for your dog.
Note: Most pet orthopedic surgeries take between 2 and 3 months to heal. Further note that it can take up to 6 months for your dog to fully recover.
Kindly schedule an appointment with us at safari animal hospital to receive a precise diagnosis of your dog’s condition. Book your pet’s Orthopedic Surgery with us here in League City, Texas, if need be.