Care of Surgical Incisions in Dogs

We understand that caring for your dog’s surgical incision can seem daunting, but it’s important to ensure proper healing and prevent infection. Here are some friendly instructions to help you care for your dog’s incision:

  1. Keep the incision site clean and dry: Your dog’s incision site must remain clean and dry to prevent infection. Avoid letting your dog lick or chew at the incision and keep them from scratching the area. You may need to use an Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent your dog from reaching the incision site.
  2. Follow your veterinarian’s instructions for wound care: Your veterinarian will provide you with specific instructions on how to clean and care for your dog’s incision. Follow these instructions carefully, and don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns.
  3. Check the incision site daily: Check your dog’s incision site daily to ensure it’s healing properly. Look for signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian immediately.
  4. Give your dog any prescribed medication: Your veterinarian may prescribe medication to help manage pain or prevent infection. Make sure you understand the dosage and frequency of each medication and give them on time. If you have any questions about the medication, contact your veterinarian.
  5. Limit your dog’s activity: Your dog needs rest to heal properly, so limit their activity during the recovery period. Avoid taking them for walks or letting them run, jump, or climb stairs. Keep them in a quiet, comfortable space to promote healing.
  6. Watch for signs of complications: Keep an eye out for signs of complications such as fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, or discharge from the incision site. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

We hope these instructions help you care for your dog’s surgical incision properly. With proper care, your furry friend should be on the road to recovery in no time!