Surgical Discharge Instructions for Dogs

Congratulations on successfully completing your dog’s surgery! Now that your furry friend is on the road to recovery, it’s important to follow these discharge instructions carefully to ensure their comfort and well-being.

  1. Medication: Your dog may have been prescribed medication to take at home. Make sure you understand the dosage and frequency of each medication and set reminders to ensure you give them on time. If you have any questions about the medications, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
  2. Rest: Your dog needs plenty of rest to recover from surgery. Make sure they have a quiet, comfortable place to rest and limit their activity. Avoid taking them for walks or letting them jump on furniture or climb stairs.
  3. Feeding: Your veterinarian may have specific instructions regarding your dog’s diet. If so, follow them closely. Otherwise, offer your dog small, frequent meals of a bland diet such as boiled chicken and rice. Make sure they have access to fresh water at all times.
  4. Wound care: If your dog has a surgical incision, it’s important to keep the area clean and dry. Follow any specific instructions provided by your veterinarian for wound care, including how to clean the incision site and when to remove any bandages. Keep an eye out for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or discharge, and contact your veterinarian if you notice anything abnormal.
  5. Activity: Your dog will need to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks after surgery. Avoid taking them for walks or letting them engage in any rough play. Keep them on a leash at all times when outside to prevent them from running or jumping.
  6. Follow-up appointments: Your veterinarian may schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your dog’s recovery. Make sure you attend these appointments and follow any instructions provided by your veterinarian.
  7. Signs of trouble: Keep an eye out for any signs of trouble such as vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, or lethargy. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

We hope these instructions help you care for your dog during their recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian. Wishing your furry friend a speedy recovery!