How to Support an Animal After It Has Had Surgery

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It can be hard watching a pet suffer after a surgery. They can’t communicate like a human can, so oftentimes we can feel helpless as we set our pets off on a journey of healing. However, there are some things you can do to help guide your pet on this journey. You should absolutely check with your veterinarian before trying any of these suggestions–some supplements can interact negatively with prescription medication.

1. Feed a good diet

Technically, this occurs before surgery, but the benefits will last far into the healing process. Keep away from junky, sugary people food (although garlic is okay), and focus on things that are good for gut health. If it suits your animal’s diet, give it a dollop of yogurt on top of dinner. The good bacteria in yogurt will replenish any natural gut bacteria that gets wiped out during surgery. If dairy tends to have unfavorable consequences for your animal or if you have a picky eater, a tablet of acidophilus will do the same thing.

2. Support the liver

The chances are that your animal will have to undergo some sort of anesthesia. Once the surgery is over, detoxifying the body of this anesthetic can be quite the task! Your pet will need some extra support. Milk thistle supplements will do just the trick. A flavonoid in the supplement specifically works to protect the liver from toxins. Other components stimulate regeneration within the liver, to repair and replace dead and dying cells. Give your pet’s body what it needs so it can heal itself.

3. Relieve pain

Pain is an unfortunate, but almost definite side effect of any surgery. It can be hard to judge how much pain a pet might be in, but my philosophy tends to be “Better safe than sorry!” I would absolutely rather give a little pain medication when it is not needed than have my pet suffering in silence. All natural pain relievers come in handy here, as they don’t make me worry about unintentionally hurting my pet’s liver with other pain killers (though, if your vet prescribes some pain pills, you should definitely make use of them). There are certainly many all natural pain relievers on the market, but Tasha’s Herbs Herbspirin is a good place to start.

4. Use Bach Flower Remedies

Surgery can be a scary, confusing time for any pet. Just as with pain, because our pets cannot communicate with us, we have no idea of their emotional inner workings–but I’m sure they’re there. They don’t have any idea that the doctors poking and prodding them are here to help, and waking up in pain or still partially under anesthetic can be a traumatizing thing. Bach Flower Remedies are designed specifically to deal with situations just like these. They soothe emotional trauma so your pet can focus all of its energy on healing, rather than stress. Add a few drops of Rescue Remedy to a pet’s drinking water or on top of food to help support your pet through this difficult time.

5. Make an appointment for Mud Packing

During a surgery, the biofield in the body gets “kinked” or blocked. Mud packing is a technique that allows the innate energetic flow to be restored, allowing the body to access more of its ability to do what it does naturally–heal! If your pet has a surgery coming up soon and you want more information about how mud packing can help, get into contact with me. Leave a comment or sign up for a free phone consultation. Let’s give your pet all the support it needs.