What is Healing After Surgery?
Healing after surgery is often a slow, gradual process for your dog or cat and generally depends on the type of operation, severity of the injury and overall health of your pet. Your pet may experience pain, have internal or external bruising, inflammation or tissue damage which affects reduces functioning and mobility.
The healing process involves the restoration and regeneration of connective tissue, nerve fibers and blood vessels which is essential to strengthen the immune system and avoid infection.
During this period your pet will require pet of rest, quiet, and good nutrition. Mostly, you will need to lavish your pet with lots of TLC and attention. Make your pet as comfortable as possible by providing a safe, quiet sleeping environment with extra bedding for him to rest on.
Remember to follow strict instructions from your vet regarding dietary requirements, administering medications or changing dressings of wounds. Try to be patient, gentle and confident when handling your pet, and keep in mind that he cannot explain the extent of his discomfort or pain.
Help for Healing After Surgery
More and more pet owners are choosing natural and holistic treatments as an alternative to conventional approaches. Using herbal and homeopathic remedies have proven to be safe, effective and beneficial for the overall health and wellbeing of your pet.
Two well known herbs such as Astragalus membranaceous (Huang Qi) and Echinacea angustifolia support the immune system and act as a revitalizing tonic. Homeopathic ingredients such as Arnica and Calendula contain powerful anti-inflammatory and tissue-healing properties and are also very effective in post-operative recovery.
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Tips to help pets heal after surgery
There are certain things that you can do to improve healing after surgery and speed the recovery process of your pet
- Keep your pet quiet, inactive and rested by confining them to a small room or crate – although keeping them rested may be very difficult to do, it is vital for their recovery
- Make sure that you provide extra padding and softness for your pet’s bed to ease pain and discomfort
- Give your pet a special concentrated diet that contains all the essential nutrients and feed him small meals two to four times a day. Warm the food until just below body temperature.
- Always have clean, fresh water that is easily accessible for your pet
- Follow your vet’s advice and treatment plan
- Limit your pet’s exercise after surgery which includes no running, jumping or playing – be sure not to rush the recovery process and consult your vet first
- Be watchful of any signs or symptoms of infections of wounds such as redness, heat, discharge or discomfort)
- Ensure that your pet is kept immobile and the affected area is stabilized with a brace or splint
- Prevent your pet from licking or chewing the wound – if he persists, your vet will probably place an "Elizabethan or lampshade collar" around your pet’s neck
- If you are changing your pet’s dressing or cleaning a wound, talk calmly to your pet as he can pick up on your nervousness
- Use heat or cold therapy to alleviate pain
- Discourage your pet from getting wet following surgery – wait at least seven days
- Try alternative treatment approaches such as hypnotherapy, acupuncture or massage for cats and dogs that have had hip, spinal, elbow and knee surgery
- Shower your pet with lots of special love and attention during the recovery period – talking to your pet or playing music is extremely comforting