Like a human, dogs can often get an emergency and urgent medical case that requires that dog to undergo surgery. It is usually scary to dog owners when you hear a veterinarian mention that your dog needs a shave because it will undergo a surgical procedure.
It is good to know that when a veterinarian reaches that point, it is for your dog’s good that it undergo that surgery.
It is important we first understand why surgical procedures are necessary for your dog, and you will comfortably agree with the veterinarian and have peace of mind.
There are two major categories of dog surgical procedures as far as your dog is concerned; they are urgent/emergency procedures and elective surgery.
Urgent care surgical procedures
Emergency surgical procedures include;
·Fracture repair – your dog be hit by a vehicle or a heavy object may fall and cause bone fracture. In such a situation, your dog may be required to undergo surgery especially when there is the rapture of the skin.
·Internal bleeding – Accidents such as a car crash or an object falling on your dog can cause an injury that may lead to internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can only be cured by having an emergency surgical procedure.
·Intestinal obstruction from a foreign body – Often dogs tend to swallow some food whole without chewing sometimes ending up ingesting foreign body objects such as glasses that can cause intestinal injury. This is one of the common emergency surgical procedures seen in veterinary.
·Skin tumors – Development of lumps and bumps or growths on your dog should be given quick attention. The veterinarian should examine the growth in order to decide whether a biopsy is needed. Depending on the location of the tumor, surgical removal, or freezing of the tissues may be done.
They include; dental extractions, benign growths of the skin, and spay.
How Long Does It Take For Dog Fur To Grow Back After Surgery
Your dog may have been shaved prior to undergo a surgical procedure and this left you wondering why on earth would a veterinarian do such a thing to your poor dog?
Well, I want to answer your question by saying that dog hair carries microorganisms that can cause infection to the surgical wound if its fur gets into contact with the wound.
So the answer is straightforward; it is to keep the surgical wound sterile and clean.
You may also observe a patch on the legs of your dog, don’t worry, as that’s where we put IV for medication and any other fluid like water during a surgical procedure.
Back to the question of how long does it take for dog fur to grow hair back after surgery?
Well, it is nearly impossible to give a precise and accurate to this question as it depends on the various factors which will be discussed as follows;
- The type of surgical procedure it underwent
If the surgical procedure involved were not deep enough to interfere with the hair follicles beneath the skin, hair growth would be relatively quick.
If surgery damaged the hair follicles, fur could take a year to grow back, and sometimes the fur around that particular region may be lost permanently.
- The dog breed
Different breeds have different hair types and skin. Dogs with one coat (skin ) take less time to grow their fur back again as compared to dogs that have three and two layers of skin. For example dogs such as Collie have got two layers of coat that keep the hair follicle deep inside the skin. Such dogs take a relatively long time to grow their fur back after surgery.
- Which part of the dog body underwent surgery?
Different body parts have got a different type of hair, dogs have three types of hair, that is; undercoat, guard hair, and whiskers. These different hair have different growth rates. For example, whiskers grow from deep-rooted follicles and take a longer time to grow.
During warmer temperatures, dogs tend to shed their fur to allow cooler air to pass on the skin to cool the dog.
If surgery was performed during the warmer season, the dog may take a longer period to grow its fur back again.
Therefore, the average period of time the fur can grow back is between 1-4 months depending on the above factors.
How long does it take for a dog’s hair to grow back after being shaved?
Shaving a dog is important especially when your dog has a thicker coat. During warm weather, dogs with a thick coat suffer from summer’s heat.
You can help them by shaving them in order to cool their body during hot weather.
After a shave, there is a dog that runs in the mind of the majority of dog owners. When will the fur grow back again?
The majority of dogs will grow their fur back between 1-3 months.
However, some factors can make your dog stay longer before its fur can grow back. These factors are discussed below:
- Type of dog coating
Double coated dogs take a longer time to get their fur back depending on other factors; double-coated breeds such as German shepherd can sometimes take up to 6 months to get far evened again.
When dogs are shaved during summer, they tend to take a longer period to grow their fur again due to regular shedding of fur to cool themselves.
In colder seasons, hair growth is normal, with the majority being able to regain their fur in about 4-8 weeks.
- Age of the dog
As the dog ages, its follicle loses its ability to produce fur. Older dogs take a longer time to get their fur in place.
- Part being shaved
There are difficult parts of the dog’s body that fur does not grow much faster, for example on their back. Fur tends to grow much faster on shoulders.
When shaving your dog, seek to leave a quarter or half an inch of fur, in fact, try and trim the fur. Extreme shave can expose the dog’s skin to sunlight and may cause skin cancer.
Avoid shaving your dog in a colder weather climate as dogs need fur for insulation against cold weather.