Dog Hip Surgery Recovery

If your pet has undergone dog hip surgery, it is likely that he will require several weeks of rehabilitation and recovery time. During the period of time immediately after the surgical procedure, your dog's hips will be highly sensitive and prone to further injury. It is crucial that you give your dog the rest and physical therapy that he requires to regain his strength and allow his wounds time to heal completely. However, hip surgery rehabilitation is different for each dog and surgical procedure.

Rest Period

The single most important factor contributing to your pet's full recovery following hip surgery is rest. Depending upon the severity of your dog's hip condition or injury prior to surgery, as well as on the procedure itself and its outcome, your pet may require anything from reduced physical activity to full bed rest. The difficulty with the rest period following canine hip surgery is that your dog may be unwilling to rest on his own. Monitor him closely and ensure that he does not overexert himself. Running, jumping and playing roughly are almost always not allowed following a hip surgery. If your veterinarian recommends that your pet not spend more than a few minutes per day on his feet, take the time and effort to keep him occupied and resting.

Rebuilding of Strength

Nearly as important as proper rest is the gradual rebuilding of your pet's hip strength. As his wounds heal and his body recovers from the surgery, your veterinarian will likely begin to slowly increase the amount of physical activity in which your dog engages every day. Follow the vet's instructions closely, and ensure that you do not push your dog beyond his capabilities. Remember that overexerting him, even if he appears to be active, may lead to further injury.

Pain Medications and Wound Maintenance

Many surgical procedures leave your pet feeling uncomfortable or with pain. Your veterinarian may recommend or prescribe pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications in order to relieve our pet's discomfort. Similarly, it is crucial that you pay attention to the wound and ensure that you clean it regularly and according to the surgeon's instructions.

If a wound becomes infected, your pet is at risk of serious and negative repercussions to his health. An infection can spread quickly to other parts of your dog's body, including his internal organs. Once the infection as spread, it is difficult to isolate and eliminate, and your pet may suffer long term and permanent damage.

Regardless of the type or severity of your pet's hip injury or condition, as well as the surgical procedure itself, it is crucial that you maintain vigilance while your dog is recovering. Schedule regular appointments with a veterinarian in order to be sure that your pet's wound is healing correctly and that his health is returning properly. If you notice any unusual signs or behaviors, take your dog in to the veterinarian's office immediately.