How long will my dog be sleepy after anesthesia? Here’s the Answer

How Dogs and Other Pets May Act Post-Anesthesia

The medications used to put a dog “under” can have a lasting effect on your dog (or other pet), potentially for several days after treatment.

First, the body’s ability to control temperature can be greatly affected by anesthesia. Your dog may suddenly be hot or cold regardless of the temperature. So, you may see panting, shivering, or other signs that your dog is comfortable. It is smart to keep your companion in a slightly warm (but not hot!) room.

Your pet may also feel groggy and tired even hours after the operation is performed. Do not worry, being sleepy is normal. Sometimes, an animal will seem fully alert after surgery, and then suddenly tired. Delayed reactions are common. Your dog may also be less responsive to commands and stimuli (such as other pets).

Anesthesia affects the nervous system. Your dog, cat, or other pet may have trouble walking or standing after being put under. This is normal and typically wears off within a few days. Lending your dog a hand and showing him or her to their favorite spot to stretch out is wise once you get home.

Anesthesia can cause nausea and may result in vomiting. A little bit of vomiting for a few days after the procedure is typically nothing to worry about (unless you see other warning signs, such as blood in vomit). Loss of appetite may also occur.

Can you feed your pet tonight?

Ensure that your pet has access to water and offer a small amount of food the first night. However, if your pet refuses to eat do not be overly concerned, as the anaesthetic can cause loss of appetite. If your pet is not eating within 24 hours please contact the hospital. Occasionally animals may vomit after eating on the first night, so be sure to offer a small meal. Following dental procedures, offer soft food for the first few nights.

Why does my dog smell bad after surgery?

(Note: If your pup has a yeasty or foul-smelling odor after surgery, it could be a sign of infection. When it doubt, ask your vet.) My advice? Try to schedule a professional grooming appointment in the days prior to surgery.

What to Expect After General Anesthesia

Its natural to feel stressed when your dog needs surgery. Of course, you want to make things as comfortable as possible for your furry best friend after the surgery is over. No matter what type of operation your dog is having, there are certain things you can expect and actions you can take to help your dog as he recovers. Remember, comfort and TLC are the keys to your dogs post-surgery recovery. Hell need you to keep a close eye on him and dote on him more while he gets better.

Sometimes your pet will have outpatient surgery and be ready to go home right away. Other times, he may need to stay with the veterinarian a little longer while he recovers from anesthesia. Either way, youll be given instructions on how to care for him once he comes home. This includes the medication hell need, if you should take his temperature, any cleaning you may need to do to the surgery site, and other post-surgery care notes.

Read the instructions closely and ask your veterinarian any questions you have. Be sure to ask who to contact if theres an emergency when the office is closed. Dont be shy.