How To Keep My Pet Calm At Home After Surgery
At one time, people who had pets were referred to as ‘pet-owners’. Nowadays, a popular phrase is ‘pet parent’. This is because for many people, their pet is a member of their family. For couple who don’t or can’t have children, their pets are as important to them as the children are to those of us who are lucky enough to have kids.
Therefore it’s hardly surprising that people can feel a great deal of anxiety when their pets have surgery. It doesn’t matter if this surgery is routine, the result of an illness or the aftermath of an accident; people are naturally concerned about the well-being of their pet.
Most pets today will encounter a surgical procedure at some time. Many animals are spayed to avoid unnecessary breeding. Some have simple procedures to remove skin problems. Others have more serious ailments that need professional intervention and others have unfortunate accidents which require surgery.
In most cases, none of these can be avoided and the result is a happier and healthier pet. The problem is though that our animals can’t tell us how they feel and we can only go a certain way towards reassuring them that any ill effects they feel are only temporary.
And yet we all want to help our pets through a time that is obviously difficult for them. When your pet has surgery, you’ll be given post-surgical care instructions from your veterinarian. It’s important to follow these. Your veterinarian probably knows your pet well – and certainly knows the procedures well – so it’s important to follow his or her advice.
- You may be given mild sedatives to administer to your pet and if this is the case, use them according to the instructions.
- Do remember too that if you have any concerns about your pet’s welfare during their recuperation, do call the veterinarian’s office. The staff there has your pet’s best interests at heart and will be happy to advise you.
- If you see any signs that disturb you about your pet’s behavior, get in touch with the veterinarian’s office immediately.
- It may be that what your pet is doing is natural side-effect and the staff will be able to put your mind at rest.
- If they have any concerns that your pet’s behavior is unusual, they will usually suggest that you take him or her in for further examination.
- The chances are that your pet will subconsciously pick up your own feelings of concern, particularly if you’ve been together for quite some time.
- It’s important for your pet to feel calm at this time so try to present yourself as calm also. This feeling will transmit itself to your pet.
- Speak to your pet in reassuring tones. He or she won’t understand the words you are saying but your tone of voice can have wonderful calming effect. Try not to leave your pet alone when you get him or her home after surgery. He or she will feel vulnerable and will benefit from your presence.
- If possible put your pet in a place in your home that’s quiet, unless this causes agitation; it may be preferable to be sure that they are in their regular favorite spot in the home.
- When you feed your pet, take the food directly to him and if there are other pets in the home make sure that they don’t interfere.
Your pet needs nourishment to recover from the surgery. If your pet has a favorite toy or plaything, make sure that this is within easy reach. This familiarity can be very reassuring. Be sure that you are in regular physical contact with your recuperating pet. Just a friendly stroke or a pat can be very reassuring. Show a calm and reassuring manner towards your pet, create a relaxing atmosphere and consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns. This way, you pet will be as good as new in no time at all.