Caring for your dog after surgery can be a big challenge. Aftercare is important to help the pet recover and heal properly, but it can also be time-consuming and difficult. Luckily, there are many different ways that you can care for your dog after surgery, as long as you know what the best options are. In this article, we will discuss the top 5 of the best ways to care for a dog after surgery to ensure his speedy recovery! We hope you can use these tips and tricks when caring for your pup so that he’ll be back up on all four feet again as soon as possible.

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Provide Pain Relief

It’s important to provide pain relief medications if they’re needed to keep your pup comfortable while he recovers from his procedure. This helps him get through each day without feeling too much discomfort or pain which may make things more difficult on his body during the healing process.

Keep Him Calm

Keep an eye on his temperament and if he gets agitated, try not to engage with them or handle them too much as this may cause undue stress for both of you. Play soothing music that has no heavy chords in it to help him stay calm.  It is also important to keep your pet from climbing stairs after surgery.  When recovering from surgery it is important to take things easy and not let your pet climb stairs until released by the veterinarian. It may be a good idea to keep your pet on a leash while in the home so you can keep them with you at all times and keep them off of the stairs.

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Keep Him Hydrated

Offer your pup water, preferably warm. Make sure his food is moistened with warm water so that he can have more fluids in the body to help flush out toxins and heal tissue faster. 

Keep An Eye On The Incision

Monitor the incision site for redness, swelling, or discharge. If any of these are present, contact your veterinarian immediately as this may be a sign that an infection has set in and needs to be treated with antibiotic therapy.

Keep Him Off of Cold Surfaces

Always provide a warm, comfortable place for your pet to rest. This will help prevent loss of body heat and encourage healing. You can use an old towel or blanket from the linen closet that is nice and soft; this should be available at all times in case he needs it.