Caring for your Dog during Post-Castration Recovery

As a dog owner, castration is one of the procedures your dog will have to undergo. Just as it is in humans, your dog's post-neutering recovery period is challenging, and it needs to be punctuated by tender care and empathy for the pet.  As a responsible pet owner, it is your duty to prepare for this season so that your pet goes through it safely, because if you don't, you may end up subjecting him to unnecessary injury and infection. This post will discuss some of the ways of caring for your dog as he recovers from neutering surgery.

Reintroduce feeding slowly

One of the signs your dog will exhibit after undergoing the cut is nausea, and you should expect him to refuse food for several hours. You have to introduce food and water slowly and in small bits that he can handle. At times he may vomit on the first day, and if this occurs, you have to postpone feeding until the following day so he can resume normal feeding ratios.    

Watch out for signs of infection

After surgery, your dog can catch an infection if you don't take good care of him during this recovery period. That is why you have to watch out for any sign of infection and respond by taking him back to the veterinarian's clinic for further examination and intervention. The affected area may swell, become red, bleed, and start discharging pus. If you notice any of these signs within the first one and a half days after discharging your dog, and they are worsening, take him to the clinic to avoid further trouble.

Be supportive

After a desexing, your dog will be weak and require support for a while. You need to support him so that he doesn't injure himself during this sensitive period. For instance, you should help the dog to get into the car after being discharged from the clinic because if you allow him to jump into the car, he risks injury. Additionally, if there are stairs he needs to climb, you have to help him because he will have lost some of his ability to balance. Be sure to walk behind him so that you can hold him if he encounters any climbing difficulty.

Give him private space

You also need to give the recovering dog his private space. You have to isolate him from his fellow pets and kids. This isolation will keep him free from emotional breakdowns that can irritate him and make him aggressive and enter into fights that can injure him.