I'll have to fight the urge; I promise to write this entire post without inserting the poop emoji!
Let's get down to business. Your dog fasted before surgery and hasn't hasn't been overly interested in eating or drinking since you brought him home. He's peed, but all you're waiting for is that magical moment when he finally poops. When my dog finally went, I'm pretty sure that I was happier and more relieved than he was!
What's the deal with that? After surgery, why does it take days for them to go when they normally poop once or in some cases, multiple times a day?
Here are some things to help make the magic happen. With certain food choices listed below, you might have better luck hand-feeding as opposed to offering them in a bowl:
Bring the water bowl to him/her. If your dog lying down, tilting the bowl forward will make it easier for him to drink.
Canned dog food
Fresh fruit such as apples, watermelon or cantaloupe. No grapes! They're toxic to dogs.
Low sodium chicken/beef/turkey broth
cooked lean ground meat
Bone broth without onions or garlic
Small amounts of canned 100% pure pumpkin
QUESTION: What did you offer your dog to help him/her have an easier time pooping? Please comment below to share your advice with others.