How to feed your dog after surgery
A surgical intervention and convalescence period can be very stressful for both the dog and the owner. Here are some tips on how and with what to feed your dog to promote recovery after surgery.
A surgery can be a very stressful experience for a dog. As with humans, dogs need a period of rest and convalescence after surgery, during which they will need a food that promotes recovery and is easily digestible. The type of food and the form of administration can favor its recovery after surgery.
Ways to feed your dog after surgery
Depending on the type of surgery the dog has undergone, your veterinarian will recommend the best way to feed it. In some cases, the placement of an esophageal or gastric feeding tube may be necessary.
If the dog has a feeding tube placed, the consistency of the food will have to be adequate to feed it through it. Liquid diets, wet food and highly hydrated dry food can be administered through the feeding tube. The choice of one or the other will depend on the diameter of the probe used
As the dog recovers, other measures will be taken to help him eat more easily and comfortably. Placing food and water in higher places, rather than on the ground, can facilitate the digestive process, since gravity helps the food to move into the stomach. Small dogs can be fed while in their arms.
With what to feed your dog after surgery
It is important to follow the veterinarian’s guidelines on what food to give your dog after surgery, since each dog is different and its nutritional requirements, too.
Your dog may need a different amount of fluids than normal, depending on what was lost in the pre-surgery stage. If the dog is having trouble assimilating liquids, it may be a good idea to offer ice cubes, as they are easier to drink.
A diet with a high fat content is often recommended after surgery, as it allows the animal to obtain the energy requirements it needs without having to consume large amounts of food that may be an unnecessary effort for its digestive system. However, depending on your pet’s problem, the veterinarian may suggest a lower fat diet to help prevent digestive disorders.
Convalescence foods are a good option, since they are formulated to contribute to the recovery of your dog and, at the same time, are highly digestible
Surgery and the recovery period can be difficult times for you and your dog. Consult the veterinarian for advice on the best way to take care of your pet’s health after surgery.