The Stress of the Experience
Stress alone can trigger depression, and surgery can be a very stressful experience for your pet. Having to go into the vet’s office, being poked and prodded by the staff, and then having to recover in a lonely kennel until mom or dad returns can overwhelm a dog and trigger a depressive episode.
Reactions to Medications
The medications used during and after surgery may cause your dog to feel depressed. This not only includes the anesthesia medications used during the procedure, but the medications you come home with too.
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.
How to Care for Your Dog After Surgery! Post-Operation Care Tips for Dogs!
Dogs who’ve recently had surgery often appear a bit down in the dumps after returning home. This concerns many owners, who don’t know if the problem is serious or what to do to cheer up their pet.
We’ll try to help you understand post-operative depression below and explain some of the most common symptoms of depression, so you know what to look for. We’ll also provide you with a few tips for putting a bit of pep back in your pooch’s step.