If your dog has undergone surgery, that means that he has also undergone anesthesia. The effects of anesthesia may take days to fully wear off. Your dog’s body will also have to heal from his operation. Proper nutrition is key to healing and regaining energy, and this homemade dog food for post surgery recovery may be just what he needs.
Many dogs lose their appetite in the days following a major surgery, which is quite understandable. But, if they don’t get the nutrition that their body’s need, it’s going to take them longer to fully recover.
Feeding them a light homemade diet may be just the thing to tempt your Fido to eat. Homemade recipes use real food and fresh ingredients, which are much more appetizing than dry kibble.
If you’re planning to switch your dog to this diet, be sure to check with your veterinarian first. Depending on your dog’s size, weight, past health history and the type of surgery that he had, this recipe may not be a good option for him. It is crucial that you get the okay from your vet before feeding this (or any other diet) after your dog has surgery.
Homemade Dog Food For Post Surgery Recovery Recipe
- 1 can wild caught salmon
- 1/2 cup COOKED brown rice
- 2 omega-3 eggs
- 1/2 cup carrots
- 1/2 cup blueberries
Lean protein is important to include in a homemade dog food for post surgery recovery. A fatty food can upset the digestive tract and actually make your dog feel worse. Likewise, anesthesia can effect the normal bacteria in the intestinal tract. For this reason, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian about adding canine-specific probiotics to this food.
A homemade dog food for post surgery recovery needs to help restore the balance in the gut and boost your dog’s immune system.
First you’ll need to scramble the eggs and cook them completely. The rice will also need to be cooked according to the instructions on the packaging.
Now, mix all of the ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. The carrots contain the restorative Vitamins A and C. Blueberries are a superfood for dogs that are rich in antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals.
This recipe provides 500 total calories. It is enough food for a 20-pound dog for one day. Of course, you will need to split the food in half and feed 2 servings per day.
You can make a larger quantity for a large breed dog, but remember that this homemade dog food for post surgery recovery is not a nutritionally balanced meal to serve long term. It should only be fed for 3-5 days or until your dog regains his appetite for his regular diet.
You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3 days. You can also make the recipe in advance and freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months. This is very beneficial if you’re hoping to prepare for your dog’s upcoming surgery in advance.