Dog Surgery: How to Care for Your Dog After a Surgical Procedure

A surgical procedure can be a scary thing for both the patient and their owner. If you have just experienced dog surgery, it is important to show your pet that you are there for them during this difficult time by doing your best to care for them properly. Here are some tips on how to care for your dog after they have undergone a surgical procedure.

What to expect on the day of surgery?

For the first 24 hours, your dog should not be left alone for more than a few minutes at a time; monitor their temperature and make sure they are drinking water. If all seems well after this period of time, you may lengthen the amount of time that they can spend without someone watching them until it is no longer necessary to do so.

After surgery, dogs often experience nausea or vomiting which needs to be watched out for carefully: if vomit comes in contact with an open wound on your dog’s body then there will need to be professional cleaning done before being able to return home from hospital. Be aware that most surgical procedures require some form of post-operative care either immediately following the procedure or over the course of several days following the surgery.

Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms: increased thirst or appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, fever (over 101 degrees Fahrenheit), lethargy and excessive panting/exhaustion.

You may need to meet with a veterinary surgeon who will advise on how long it is safe for your dog to go without eating food; this rule varies depending on what type of animal they are and their individual needs. For example, many surgeries require that your pet not eat anything at all after undergoing general anesthesia until 24 hours have passed because the risk for aspiration pneumonia increases substantially when there is an empty stomach during recovery from anesthesia in dogs.

The first day after going home post surgery can be very stressful for your dog because of the pain they are experiencing and a lack of understanding how to act. Be sure that when you come home with them from veterinary care, they can go directly in their bedroom or crate so as to avoid any possible injury on stairs or difficult walking surfaces.

You will need to provide ample water for at least 24 hours after surgery; it is important not only for hydration but also keeping down food if necessary. Animals cannot vomit like humans do so vomiting often means there’s an issue requiring medical attention.

After surgery, animals may be tempted by curiosity to lick wounds which should clearly be avoided: this could lead to dangerous infection due to bacteria now being introduced into open areas where dirt and waste live which would otherwise stay separate in the stomach.

How to care for your dog the day after surgery?

The day after surgery, it is best to restrict your dog’s activity so that they don’t re-injure themselves. Depending on their size and the type of procedure performed, you may be able to let them go outside for short periods of time but keep in mind that this could lead to further injury if not done properly. 

If possible, take walks with your pet during early morning or evening hours when there isn’t as much foot traffic which can lead to other dogs or cats running loose by accident.

Keep an eye out for any signs of infection: redness around wounds leading up toward skin (not just at the wound itself), pus draining from a wound area and increased swelling/pain are all warning signals that an infection may be present and veterinary care should be sought out.

Your veterinarian will provide you with a set of instructions that outline what your dog is allowed to eat following surgery, how often they are allowed to urinate or defecate in a day, when it’s safe for them to go back outside once again and more depending on the type of procedure done. 

Be sure not to do anything other than what has been advised by their doctor unless instructed otherwise: this could lead into an unnecessary complication later down the road such as another round of anesthesia which isn’t necessary if all goes well during post-operative recovery.

Also you can follow the below tips after your loving pet surgery- 

  • Keep your dog on a leash when outside
  • Give them lots of love and attention
  • Offer tasty treats to help with the healing process
  • Keep their food dish full of high-quality, nutritious food
  • Make sure they have plenty of water to drink 
  • Clean up after them – don’t let them lick any open wounds or dirty surfaces


In order to care for your dog after a surgical procedure, try these tips. Allow the animal time to recover from anesthesia and see how he or she is moving before exercising them too much. Keep an eye out for vomiting or diarrhea that could signal complications such as infection. Make sure they are eating well by providing food at regular intervals throughout the day. 

If you have any questions about what it means when your pet isn’t acting like himself, call us! Our team of experts can help answer any concerns you may have so that you can give your pup all the love and attention they need during this difficult time in their life.”


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