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Why Should You Crate or Confine Your Dog After Surgery?

MDVSS Crate Dog After Surgery

It’s important to crate or confine your dog after surgery in order to allow them time to heal safely and fully.

Crate training your dog is often pretty easy when they’re a puppy, and it can provide a lot of unexpected benefits throughout their lifetime. In particular, being able to crate your dog after surgery can provide several important benefits that make the postoperative healing process much easier and less stressful for both your pup and you.

Activity Limitations

One of the most common restrictions for dogs after surgery is limited activity. Our dogs need the appropriate amount of time to heal, but in a lot of cases, they’re a bit like children—they don’t really understand the limits of their bodies. After surgery, they may have a wound with sutures, or they may have internal injuries or trauma that need time to heal. Thanks to painkillers and their natural resistance to pain, our dogs can often overestimate their health, and you may find that they’re eager to resume their normal activity shortly after a major operation (the younger they are, the more likely this is).

Crating your dog after surgery ensures that their activity will be appropriately limited, and it will deter them from running, jumping, and doing other typical activities that could lead to further injury while their body is healing. Keep in mind, crates are not always the first choice for activity limitations. Sometimes, it may be recommended that your pet is in a small room or enclosure. Follow your veterinarian’s guidelines for activity restrictions. 

Comfortable Rest

It doesn’t matter who you are; surgery is not a comfortable experience. It’s a bit scary, it’s painful, and it leaves you feeling drained. These facts are true whether you’re a human or an animal, and that’s why providing a comfortable place for your dog to rest is important after they’ve undergone surgery. Make sure their crate or confined area is lined with appropriate bedding, and it can be helpful if you add items that smell like you, such as articles of clothing or a pillowcase you frequently use. These items can be especially helpful when your dog has to be in the crate while you’re away from home, as they provide security and comfort.

A Safe Space

Dogs that have been crate trained will often see their crate as a place of refuge—a safe space. This is hugely beneficial after they have had surgery because being in the crate will help them feel secure and safe after such a draining and scary experience. The comfort this space provides can be very beneficial to your dog both emotionally and mentally.

Trust Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services With Your Companion’s Health

Your companion’s health is important, and the team at MVSS is ready to provide the best care possible for your furry family. We are dedicated to combining comprehensive exams and assessments with informative and honest discussions of your companion’s care. Once we have worked with you to decide on the best course of action for your dog, our professionals will use their surgical expertise to work towards the goal of giving your companion an active and pain-free life. We are proud to serve loyal companions in Catonsville and Baltimore. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 410-788-4088 or visit us online. For more information and tips for pet health, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

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