HOW DO I PREPARE MY HOME FOR THE POST OP CARE?
For a successful recovery after joint surgery, post op instructions should be rigorously followed.
Getting the environment where the patient is recovering ready and safe is very important. Things to address before the patient arrives home
1. Activity restriction (leash only and always)
2. Block stairs and furnitures (gaits, ramps)
3. Avoid slippery floor ( rugs and carpets)
4. Support his weight (slings, lift harness, towel)
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY DOG POST OPERATIVELY?
It is important during the recovery that the patient’ s incision is very well cared for. The incision should be clean, dry and intact. No oozing or bleeding should be noted. It is normal though that there is bruising and swelling at the incision site for 7 to 10 days. To ensure proper healing of the incision, the patient should not be allowed to lick at the surgical site. Please use an E collar for 2 weeks.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY DOG’S INCISION?
Wearing gloves, the incision should be cleaned (iodine or chlorhexidine) twice per day and after, apply triple antibiotic cream and cover the incision with a band-aid. Think as it is your own incision and how you would care for it. Would you let your dog lick at your incision after surgery and then you drag the surgical site on the floor? The end the result is an infection. Please avoid it.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS POST OPERATIVELY?
It is important to understand that once your dog comes home after surgery he or she will not use the leg and be himself or herself for few days due to the anesthesia and pain medications. The leg might be bruised, swollen and sutures or staples will be present. Please be patient because of the inflammation (normal), he or she will not use the leg for 1 to 2 weeks. The healing process, before resuming full activity will take 2 to 4 months if the post op recovery is followed.
For the first two weeks, please make sure he or she is comfortable and you follow up the post op instructions provided by your veterinarian.