Nov 26, 2015

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2 Tips To Prepare For Your Dog’s Surgery

As with any small animal surgery, if your dog has surgery is coming up, you should make sure he or she is ready for the procedure. In addition to following your veterinarian’s advice, this guide should give you a few more tips to help prepare your pet for this surgery as well as prepare your home for your pets return.

1. Avoid Blood Thinners

The first thing you should do is make sure that you do not feed your dog any blood-thinners. Blood-thinning ingredients are everywhere, from medications to foods, and are necessary for your dog’s overall health. Blood-thinners help keep your pet’s blood pumping throughout his or her cardiovascular system and prevents dangerous coagulation.

The function of blood-thinners is good, as mentioned, but you do not want your dog’s blood to be too thin during surgery, as it might interfere with healing or lead to too much blood loss. Avoid some of the following blood-thinning ingredients:

  • Turmeric
  • Omega 3
  • Krill oil
  • Garlic or garlic supplements
  • Maritime pine bark
  • Bromelain
  • Wobenzime

You can talk to your veterinarian about other possible blood-thinners your pet should avoid.

2.   Prepare Your Home For After-Surgery Recovery

You should do your best to prepare your home for your dog after his or her surgery. This is an important step because your pup will need your attention while he or she is recovering, which may interfere with your ability to attend to other details. Consider the following:

  • Keep your dog’s resting area as clean as you can. 
  • Purchase a buster collar or a post-surgery jacket to prevent your pet from biting his or her stitches.
  • If your dog must use a crate after surgery, allow him or her to sit in the crate a few times before surgery to get used to it.
  • Place non-skid carpeting wherever your dog will be walking to prevent slips. 
  • Lower ring tones, alarms, and other devices that might wake your dog up when he or she is resting. 
  • Place drapes that you cannot see through over your windows to prevent your pet from becoming excited by things going on outside your home.

You can talk to your pet care specialist about other things that you can do to make sure that your home is ready for your dog after his or her surgery. As you can see, there are some things you should do before your dog goes in for his or her surgery and after-care tips to consider as well. 

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