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Helping Your Dog Recover After Surgery

As your dog ages, recovering from surgery becomes harder and harder, yet even younger pups can have a tough time overcoming difficult surgeries. Amongst dogs, leg and foot traumas tend to be the most common ailments that require a prolonged recovery time. We know that most people view their pets as a part of the family, that’s why we’ve dedicated years to researching the best, natural, ways of promoting healing and longevity during your dog’s recovery.
It’s important to always follow your vet’s directions to the letter when helping your dog to recover after surgery. And, you should always check with your vet before making any dietary or supplemental changes to your dog’s daily routine.
Once you bring your dog home from the vet, his care will be in your hands. We’re sure that you want your pup to recover as quickly and painlessly as possible, that’s why we’ve created this list of post-op care recommendations. Dog care after surgery doesn’t need to be tricky, follow these simple steps below to help quicken your dog’s recovery after surgery. 

1. Keep Your Pet Off His Feet

One of the hardest aspects of your dog’s recovery is keeping them still while they’re recovering. For the first couple of hours post-op after your dog’s surgery, your pup will most likely be too tired getup and move around. But once the rest of his anesthesia has worn off, you may have a hard time convincing your dog to take it easy. While their injured limb may still be bothering them, dogs are notorious for shouldering through their pain. Most vets recommend that pets stay inactive for around 3-7 days after a major surgery. So how can you keep your active dog lying still?

  • When allowing your pet to go outside to relieve himself always keep him on a short leash. Retractable leashes will be a problem because they’ll still allow for your pup to warned, and going leash free, even in a fenced-in area, won’t give you enough control.
  • Avoid long walks or long bursts of exercise. Whether it’s playing fetch or going for a long walk, try to keep your dog’s exercise to a minimum. It might be hard, but your dog will be better off in the long run for this decision.
  • Try to keep your pet from jumping on and off the furniture as this action may aggravate their wounds.
  • Keep your pet in a crate when you’re not at home. This will help to keep him from wandering around when you’re not able to watch him.
  • If your pet is small enough, carry them up and down stairs.

2. Persuade Your Pet to Eat

Right after surgery, many pets will avoid eating out of discomfort. It will be your job to get your pet eating again. Many pets to avoid eating right away after surgery, especially if their regular diet is dry kibble. If this is the case, you may want to try feeding your pet a cooked meal consisting of a 1:1 ratio of both cooked protein and a carb. One of the most common combinations for this diet is boiled ground turkey with rice. It’s important to find a low-fat meat that won’t upset your pet’s stomach. Some alternatives for the carb option can also include cooked pasta and potatoes.
If your pet begins to vomit after eating this new meal we recommend feeding your pet a smaller portion at their next mealtime. Continue building back up to his typical food allowance as your pet’s system learn to adjust to this new diet.

3. Provide Comfort

When it comes to healing, a little comfort can go a long way. Don’t underestimate the power of a fluffed pillow or extra five minutes of snuggle time. Just as humans enjoy comfort, so do pets.  When your pet is recovering, we urge you take spend as much time with them as possible. And some comforts can help your pet more than just offering support. For example, when your pet first comes home after surgery he may have trouble regulating his temperature. Providing him with an extra blanket will not only make him feel better, but it will also help keep him warm.

4. Use Supplements to Promote Recovery

At Wapiti Labs, we’ve dedicated years to creating the best natural supplements for pets, and our Recuperate formula is no exception. We used ingredients like Pseudoginseng Root, “Dragon Blood” Resin, and Carthamus Flower to craft a supplement that not only helps your pet recover from surgeries and injury, but also supports natural healing.
Thanks to our wholesome ingredients, our Recuperate formula is able to:

  • Manage dog’s discomfort and tissue damage after injury or medical intervention
  • Help support the natural healing process
  • Invigorate and move the blood to support your pet’s normal inflammatory response
  • Help support the natural healing process and normal recovery time
  • Maintain a normal disposition
  • Disperse blood stagnation

Why Recuperate Is Right for Your Dog

Finding supplements for dogs to aid in their post-op recovery can be a challenge. At Wapiti Labs, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation. Our science-driven Recuperate supplement was made with only one goal in mind: to help your dog with recovery support. Whether your dog is recovering from tissue damage or bone-related trauma, working dogs and companions alike can benefit from Recuperate during their recovery process. And once your pet is strong again, you may want to consider preventative supplements like our Mobility, Strength, G.I. Tract, or Chest formulas. When it comes time for recovery support, reach for Recuperate and help them to recover properly the first time.

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