Five Things to Expect After Your Dog’s Surgery

5 Things to Expect After Your Dog's Surgery

Five Things to Expect After Your Dog’s Surgery

You love your dog enough to seek proper veterinary care whenever there’s a problem. At times, your dog may need to go to an animal emergency and surgical center to correct serious problems ranging from swallowed, lodged objects to broken bones. Or, your pet may need routine surgery such as spaying or neutering. After surgery your pet will exhibit certain characteristics of which you should be aware:

Your Dog May Be Cranky

Your dog has just experienced a traumatic event. She or he may not be accustomed to an overnight stay away from you. Additionally, your dog is coming out of anesthesia, which can have a lingering effect on his mood and disposition. Post-surgery, a dog may appear snappish, scared, or angry. Don’t be alarmed, as this is likely the waning effect of anesthesia.

Your Dog May Seem Disoriented

Another effect of anesthesia is disorientation. Your dog may seem like he does not know where to go when you bring him home from surgery and get him out of the car. He may hesitate to go into your house. This is common behavior and will wear off after the anesthesia has left the dog’s blood stream.

Your Dog May Be Reluctant to Eat

This is very common. Surgery can affect a dog’s appetite, and any kind of pain can make him seem disinterested in food. Don’t be alarmed, as your dog’s appetite should return in a day or two. Conversely, your dog may be ravenous and want to eat immediately when he or she comes home from surgery. Limit his food intake for at least a day so that he does not eat too quickly and regurgitate.

Your Dog Will be Sleepy

If it seems like all your dog wants to do after surgery is sleep, this is normal. Post-operative sleepiness is expected with dogs, just as it is with humans. Your dog will want to sleep more due in part to the anesthesia and in part due to the trauma of the experience. As in all animals and humans, trauma can be exhausting. When it is over, extra rest and sleep are in order.

You May Seem Like A Stranger

Don’t worry if your dog seems “mad” at you, or if he seems like he doesn’t know who you are. Again, this is a common side effect of anesthesia. As it wears off and your dog becomes more relaxed in his familiar surroundings, he will come to you and forget all about the surgery.

In summary, getting your dog the surgery he or she needs is the right thing. Don’t be overly worried about whether surgery for dogs is too invasive, as it is part of standard veterinary practice. Owners who take good care of their dogs and get the care they need will have a loving relationship for more years with their pets.

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