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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Caring for a Pet After Surgery

A surgical procedure can be confusing and frightening for your pet. Unfortunately, many procedures are unavoidable and sometimes your pet will need plenty of time to fully recover .Make sure that you have pet insurance to prepare for such times. Go to http://www.pet-insurance.co.uk/ to find out how pet insurance can help with medical procedures. Following surgery, you should make sure that your pet is cared for by keeping your furry friend healthy, happy and comfortable. Here are some post-surgery care tips.

Talk to your vet.
Fully discuss the procedure before and after surgery so that you know how the surgery will be performed, to get any helpful advice and to understand how much time your pet will need to fully recover. The vet will often prescribe medication and discuss parts of the surgery including stitches and aftercare.

Bringing your pet home
Make sure that you have an adequate bed with bedding when transporting your pet from the vets to your home. If you are driving, it is often a good idea to bring someone with you to stay with the pet in the car.
Quiet area
Remember that your dog or cat will still be scared and nervous once it returns home. Try to make a quiet area in the house for your animal to rest. If you have children, tell them that the pet is in pain and it is important to not lift or play with your pet until it is has recovered.
Keep your pet healthy
It is normal for your pet to feel sick and uncomfortable after surgery. This can often result in a low appetite and a reluctance to drink water. It is important that you keep an eye on their food and water intake as lack of food and water can lead to dehydration. Contact your vet if you have concerns.
Stitches
If your dog or cat has had a procedure which requires stitches, they will be fitted with a large collar or cone afterwards to protect the stitches from teeth. Often a dog or cat will try to chew, bite or lick an area which is itchy, in pain or uncomfortable. Make sure that the stitches are intact with regular checks and careful monitoring. The collars can often make eating a challenge so you may want to help your dog or cat with their food. If you notice the collar has become loose, contact your vet to get it refitted.
Follow instructions
If you have been given medicine by your vet, remember to stick to the instructed dosage, even if your pet is displaying signs of pain. You can always ring your vet to discuss medication following the surgery. Stitches should also be removed on time to avoid prolonged discomfort, infection or scarring.

18 comments:

jheylo said...

i really amazed at how people here in America treat their pet, they really do care for them and treated them as members of the family too.

MikiHope said...

Somehow or another whenever one of my animals needed surgery---they would come home and it was like they had never had it! I was all prepared to "baby" them--when toys and such would be thrown at me!! Animals do not react like humans what so ever!!
But it can't hurt to be prepared just in case!! As for giving animals meds-----------what ever works!!!!

Marriage and Beyond said...

good tips for families that have pets. :)

Ria C said...

Thanks for sharing the article sis. I do pray that I don't ever have to send my precious "bunso" Millie to the vet for serious reasons other than the routine check ups. It scares me so much to even think of my bunso getting ill. However, knowing these helpful info gives me a better perspective on what to do if in case. It may not be my bunso Millie but other pets of my friends and family.

MzBaker said...

Surgeries for animals can sometimes be difficult when they come home. You really have to watch them to make sure they cannot get them stitches!

Healy Harpster said...

Thank's for this informative post. We have our pet and hope she won't go any surgery.

Tamara @ Mommyland said...

Great tips thanks you.

One thing is they don't always give a cone anymore only when you ask. We had princess spayed last week they didn't give her one but she has done ok. she only payed it any attention when she was in pain there like she was trying to make the pain go away. So we kept her pain meds on time.

becca said...

our cat and hamster are so spoiled it's unreal

Kelli Avery said...

This is a great list, hope nobody needs it. Hate seeing injured animals or people

Travel Quest said...

It breaks my heart whenever i see sick dog :( Im a pet lover just like everyone else.

Cyndie said...

Great sound advice for pets getting surgery

Melinda Dunne said...

Thanks for the great information. I actually had to take my pups today to get shots. It was crazy with the 3 of them.

This and That Reviews said...

This is a great post for people to read that have never cared for a sick pet after surgery

April M. said...

we don't have a pet but this is a great tip for those who have.

Jennifer Williams said...

I am getting ready to have one of my dogs neutered so will be needing these. My main issue is keeping the 3yo who adores him away from the poor dog until he heals.

Mel Cole said...

Very nice post-operation tips for home owners who have pets sis. This will reduce the risk of infection of surgical incisions too.

nova hedges said...

Love how you manage and specify everything. that's a good tip for those pet owners. thanks for sharing

Mommy Liz said...

We are planning to adopt a dog. now I know who to ask if I have questions. wohooo!

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