your dog is recovering from an injury, illness or surgery, follow the directions given to you by your veterinarian! It is important to
look after his needs and ensure that he has time and space to recuperate.
We feel sorry for our dogs, but remember that consistent rules and guidance are what our dogs need from us for a safe and speedy recovery.
Your dog will probably not have the same energy level as usual. He
may want to sleep more. This is a normal reaction to illness or surgery. Think how you feel when you are ill or hurting! Help him heal by minimizing
distractions such as children playing, visitors, and other pets. This could mean keeping him in a separate room, pen
or crate. You might have to take him outside on a leash to do his business, or in some cases, carrying him out if walking is difficult for him.
time with your dog on a daily basis, stroking and gently grooming him. During that time, you can look for any changes in his skin or coat, unusual discharges or swelling from the
injury. Check with your veterinarian to see if gentle massage is OK. This can
increase circulation to any wounds and help in the healing process.
Keep track of his
weight and let your veterinarian know immediately if your dog experiences any
vomiting or diarrhea. Follow the guidelines
provided by your veterinarian when giving any medication to your dog.
Bandages, splints, casts or other dressings may be required to help stabilize a healing fracture or surgical procedure and protect the wound from infection. Dressings can also provide protection from your dog's natural tendency to lick a wound. If your dog continually licks at or attempts to remove the dressing, distract him with a toy or treat, or consider a taste deterrent such as Grannick's® Bitter Apple.
you receive the go-ahead from your veterinarian, start your dog on his usual routine. Walking
is a great way for you and your dog to reconnect. Go at a slow pace at first, building up his endurance. With your help and patience, he'll be feeling better in no time.