When your dog doesn't seem interested in eating his food, do you know what to do? When your dog vomits often, could there be something serious wrong with him? If he struggles to get up the stairs, does he need to see a vet? Having never owned an older dog, I knew nothing about the things that can begin to go wrong when dogs age. I adopted this guy when my neighbor moved into a nursing home and had to learn a lot about how to care for an older dog. My blog is filled with the many things that I have learned over the last year through the help of my vet.
If you have more than one dog that you plan to have spayed at the same time, it is important to make sure that you know what to expect during the recovery period. It can be hard to know what to do when you have multiple puppies recovering because you have two puppies to handle at one time. The following guide walks you through a few things that you need to be sure to take into consideration when taking care of your dogs after they have been spayed.
Keep the Dogs in Separate Kennels at Night
When the dogs are recovering, you need to put them in separate kennels when they sleep to ensure that they do not pick at each others' stitches. You do not want to let your dogs sleep in your bed or out in your home freely at night because you will not be able to rest assured that they are not chewing at each others' stitches.
Watch the Dogs at All Times
Dogs can sometimes play rough with one another. Your dogs could accidentally scratch one another when they are wrestling at the incision sites. This could cause their stitches to become loose or cause the incision to become infected.
Keep Their Cones On Until the Stitches Are Removed
After surgery, cones will be placed around your dogs' necks to keep them from being able to chew at their stitches. You want to be sure that you leave the cones in place until your dogs stitches are removed to ensure that they do not bite at the stitches. Once the stitches are removed, the incision will have healed and the vet will tell you if the cone can be removed.
Take the Dogs Outside Separately
When you take the dogs outside, be sure to take them individually. This allows you to monitor their bowel movements and how often they are each urinating. There are times when spaying a dog can cause them to become constipated and this may require medical attention after a few days. If you take both dogs outside at the same time, you may not be able to pay attention to both of their bowel movements and when they are urinating.
If you follow these tips, you will be able to keep track of the health of both puppies and keep them as safe as possible during their recovery. If you feel that there is anything wrong with either puppy, take them to the vet--like the one from My Pet's Vet Clinic--right away. If your vet is closed, you can take them to a 24-hour hospital to get the care that they need right away.