Our dog can suffer from diseases affecting the gums and teeth & dental diseases can lead to complications affecting our dog’s overall health & dog’s lungs, kidney, heart, and liver may suffer because of it. Dental diseases can even lead the cause of bad breathing and loss of appetite. You will need to take your dog for a surgical or dental procedure regarding veterinarians.
When the veterinarian releases your dog, you will get a long list of do’s and don’ts. That information may seem to be overwhelming, but you need to follow them.
Once your dog is out of the operating room & on the way to home, you need to help him/her to feel more relaxed and comfortable. If you take care of your dog, then he/she will begin to heal quickly.
How long it will take depends on what type of procedure he has undergone. When it takes too long & if you want to see your dog, then you should ask the veterinarian for permission.
When your dog is ready for the release from the hospital, you will receive the instructions for at-home care. You need to make sure that you understand what is expected from you, & if you don’t understand anything then ask if you can review them with a veterinary technician. You can ask the technician to show you the best way to support your dog when it is required.
If your dog is getting medication, then make sure that he/she receives the proper doses that are prescribed by the veterinarian.
If you see some swollen areas in your dog after the surgery, then don’t worry it’s normal. But if you notice any signs of odors, oozing, heat, excessive bruising then you should call the veterinarian, & if you see your dog chewing or scratching the bandage, then stop him/her.
Things to consider after the medical procedure
- Make sure your dog is warm, because he/she may have trouble maintaining normal body heat. If he/she is normally outdoor dog, it’s better to bring him/her inside if the outside temperature isn’t good.
- Your dog can feel the effects of anesthesia for 3-4 hours after the procedure, so he/she can be unsteady on the feet, & in this situation, you should keep your dog in a quiet place at first, this way your dog will feel relaxed. You must ensure that your dog gets enough rest before he/she want to return to the daily routine.
- The perfect time when your dog can drink and eat will be determined by your veterinarian & what procedure your dog had. When the veterinarian tells you to give him/her food, you have to understand the limitations of food the veterinarian recommends to provide. If you offer your dog more food than the veterinarian recommends, then it may lead to an upset stomach and vomiting.
It takes 2 to 3 months for the full recovery from an extensive orthopedic surgery, & some dogs may require 5-6 months of careful monitoring & rehabilitation. So you need to take your eye of the dog during this time.
Emily Anna is a dog lover who is studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at University of Bristol. She is a regular author of this blog & also a former author of Lucky Pet Dogs and One Dog Day Care.