After surgery, a dog's recovery greatly depends on proper post-op care, including when and how they can resume eating.
The timing of food intake after surgery is crucial. Typically, it's advised to wait until the anesthesia wears off, usually a few hours post-op.
Dogs often lose their appetite post-surgery due to weakness and pain. Feeding a bland diet, like boiled rice with meats or broth, can stimulate interest in food consumption.
Hydration is vital for a dog's recovery. Offer water gradually, starting with small amounts after a gap of 2-3 hours, ensuring proper hydration without overwhelming the system.
Post-surgery discomfort and pain, especially within the initial 24 hours, can significantly impact a dog's desire to eat due to soreness and discomfort from stitches.
Most dogs regain their appetite around 24 hours post-surgery, allowing owners to gradually reintroduce healthy foods like boiled rice with meat and salads.
After oral surgeries, provide soft dog food such as boiled or mashed meat, soft kibbles, or mashed rice, avoiding rigid diets that can exacerbate pain.
Tips include warming up the food, adding essential proteins, preparing homemade meals, and hand-feeding to entice the dog to eat during this sensitive recovery period.