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Helping Your Pup Recover From Surgery

July 2, 2022

One thing we think makes us stand out here at Heron Lakes is the fact that we work with specialists in various fields. We are happy to offer five-star expert care for our furry patients! Of course, sometimes that entails surgery, such as oral surgery. Whether Fido is going in for a routine spay/neuter surgery, or having a procedure to address a specific issue, he’s going to need some extra TLC as he recuperates. A Coral Springs, FL vet offers tips on this below.


Being sick can sometimes throw dogs off their appetite, just as it does for some people. If your pooch isn’t eating, try tempting him with something that’s easy for him to manage. Plain cooked chicken, chicken soup, cat food, and/or sodium free broth are a few possible options. Your vet will be able to offer more specific suggestions.


Fido will be much more comfortable in a good bed. If your pup is having trouble with diarrhea and/or vomiting, get a washable slipcover and a throw blanket to protect the actual bed from getting soiled.


You may want to keep your canine buddy isolated from other pets for the first few days, when his stitches are the most vulnerable. Consider setting Fido up in his own room. Use a baby gate at the door, so he doesn’t feel too lonely. He may also appreciate having a radio playing.


Your vet will provide you with specific after-care instructions. These should include warning signs to watch for. These will vary a bit depending on the type of surgery, but some general red flags would be bleeding, redness, pus, heat, and/or discoloration around the stitches; fever; vomiting; diarrhea; respiratory issues; and listlessness. Call your vet right away if you notice anything amiss.


As you may know, giving Fido a pill can be tricky. Pill pockets can help with this. You may also have good luck hiding pills in meatballs, cheese, or hot dog pieces. Ask your vet for tips. 


Just like people, dogs appreciate being fussed over a bit when they don’t feel well. You don’t want to go overboard: just make sure that your furry patient feels loved and safe. Offer lots of forehead kisses and gentle ear scritches.

As your Coral Springs, FL animal clinic, we’re here to help! Call us anytime!

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