If your dog is having knee surgery, it is of the utmost importance that you understand the proper aftercare procedures. You want your pet to recover fully after dog knee surgery, right? Of course you do, and by following the recommendations of your Colorado Springs veterinarian, you can promote a fast and effective recovery. Let’s take a look at aftercare tips for dog knee surgery.
On the day of surgery, your dog will receive a heavy dose of anesthetic; this means he will be extremely groggy once he wakes up from the surgery. By the time you come to pick him up from the veterinary clinic, most of the effects will have worn off, but he’s still going to be very sleepy. It is suggested that you try to get him to eat a small, light meal when he gets home and to let him rest. If your dog does not eat, this is nothing to worry about. Just make sure he eats at least one meal in the next 24 hours after you bring him home.
It is also of the utmost importance that you do your best to not let the dog lick any of the dressing or stitches. If you have trouble keeping him from licking, call your veterinarian and ask for a special collar that prevents the licking. Additionally, make sure all medications are administered properly and on time, especially antibiotics and painkillers. Even during the course of recovery, you are going to want to bring your dog back into the veterinary clinic two to three days after bringing him home; this visit will be a checkup to see how the recovery is progressing. Furthermore, you will want to bring him back in a week later as well as four to six weeks for additional check-ups.
Lastly, regardless of the type of knee surgery your dog has undergone, you should limit his mobility as much as possible during the recovery process. You don’t want him jumping around and running recklessly. In fact, he should be kept on a leash and away from other pets for about 12 weeks; this gives the bone time to heal and decreases the chances of creating a stress fracture.