If you are soon taking your dog to the vet’s clinic for surgery, whether a minor or a major one, you must be well-prepared for when they leave the operating room. Their healing process can prove more challenging if you fail to anticipate the responsibilities you will have to assume as a parent of a dog in recovery.
Incision and infection management
The best thing you can do about your dog’s acquired incision from surgery is to let it heal on its own. Most vets do not require dog parents to clean their dog’s wound. Although you are expected to regularly check how it’s healing.
If you are taking your post-operative dog outdoors, cover their wound with a sanitized bandage. Just make sure you do not leave the bandage on for longer than necessary. Soon as you return indoors, take it off to let your dog’s wound breathe. Covered wounds are at risk of healing slower than usual, and they can also develop lesions and sores.
Suppose you notice your dog’s wound getting crusty and dirty, and you insist on cleaning it yourself, use a sanitized towel and wet it with warm clean water, which may contain diluted iodine. Pat or wipe the wound with the cloth. Refrain from using peroxide and alcohol for these might delay the natural healing of your dog’s wound and they are also quite painful.
The riskiest aspect of using alcohol is how its potent smell might trigger your dog to lick it off their wound. In case of peroxide, it tends to kill the outermost cell layer of your dog’s incision, which hinders their quick bonding.
You will know when your dog’s wound has been infected by looking out for the usual signs. These include swelling, redness, roughness, and pus.
Post-surgery risks to look out for
It is more difficult for dogs to recuperate post-surgery compared to humans. This is because they do not have the grasp on the subject of, well, recovery. This is why you must follow all of your vet’s advise regarding the matter.
The first major and common risk is your dog deciding to lick, scratch, or bite the site of their incision. When this happens you must be able to intervene as fast as possible. Get your dog a cone or an E-collar if necessary.
Failure to address the aforementioned risk can lead to your dog inadvertently causing their wound to get infected, or worse, re-opened. In case of the latter scenario, repeating the suturing procedure might be recommended by your vet.
Remember that post-op doggy care is called supportive canine care by veterinarians. This means that the most crucial element in the process is providing your dog an environment that is stress free. To make this possible, allot a small and secure spot for your dog so that their healing can safely and naturally progress.
Utmost rest is essential for your dog’s quick recovery. Another thing that’s equally important to the process is your consistent and proactive vigilance.