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07th June 2024

Canine Skincare: Supplements To Aid Wound Recovery After Surgery

Dr. Devan Patel, PharmD
Canine Skincare: Supplements To Aid Wound Recovery After Surgery

Surgery is scary even for a human. Dogs and humans have the same response when they hear the word “Vet/Doctor”. It can feel like it’s raining cats and dogs when trying to take care of your furry friend before and after their surgery. You want them to heal quickly and be healthy so their tails are always wagging. 

Continue to read to find out our tail-wagging ingredients that will help your pup heal after their surgery.

Recovery can be ruff, how do I make it easier?

Always follow your Veterinarian’s instructions on how to take care of your dog’s surgical wounds.

Some surgeries may have specific post-op instructions your Vet will provide to care for your canine’s incisions. These instructions could range anywhere from specific cleaning tasks to how long the site must stay dry. 

Following the Vet’s provided instructions will reduce the risk of infections and irritation.

Top 3 Canine Skincare Nutrients and Supplements that Promote Healthy Skin Healing

Supplements after any procedure may help promote recovery, support your dog's immune system, and promote wound healing.*

The 3 ingredients we dig: 



1. Zinc

Pop Quiz! 

True or false: dogs require more zinc in their diet than humans. 


Dogs require more zinc than humans do, pound for pound. Zinc plays a huge role in immune function, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and protein synthesis. There is no way to store zinc in the body, so daily intake is required. 

The Association of American Feed Control Officials recommends adult dogs have 120 mg of Zinc per kg. Pedigree, a popular dog food company, recommends a 50lb dog be fed up to 3 cups a day, but their guaranteed minimum analysis for Zinc only has 80 mg/kg. 

Although this isn’t too far off of the recommended daily intake, when it comes to wounds, that missing amount might make a difference. Adding more Zinc to your dog’s diet may help ensure they are getting the support they need to heal that wound, especially if they are not getting their daily amount from their food.*


2. Bromelain

Uh, never heard of it…

Bromelain is an enzyme found in Pineapple. 

No pop quiz, but a fun fact: Bromelain can only be found in pineapple! But, please consult your Vet before attempting to feed your dog raw pineapple.

Bromelain is a dietary supplement known for helping to decrease pain and swelling, from the gums in the mouth to other body parts after surgery or an injury. Bromelain also may aid in osteoarthritis, digestive problems, and muscle soreness!*

Adding this to your canine’s diet might aid in reducing swelling, reducing pain, and any soreness they may face after surgery.* Decreasing pain and swelling is definitely tail-wag worthy, and helps your pup not focus on their ouchie spot. This may mean they are able to get back to doing all the fun things dogs do (which may be sniffing other dogs' butts, but we don’t judge here).


3. Probiotics

You heard me! Doggy Probiotics! (These are actually some of the same probiotics humans take, but “Doggy Probiotics” sounds more fun.)

We all know how bad our stomachs feel while taking antibiotics. After surgery, your dog may be given antibiotics to help prevent any infections. Antibiotics kill bad bacteria, but also some of the good bacteria. No one wants the poops, not even your pup, so it’s always good to take care of your and your pet’s gut health with a probiotic after a course of antibiotics. 

The gut biome has a huge responsibility in the function of the immune system. So when it comes to wound recovery, it’s good to take care of both the inside and outside of the body!

I’m going mutts trying to find dog vitamins! Do they even exist? 

Finding dog supplements is a challenge, especially since most products are not all-inclusive but targeted for different purposes such as; immune system health, wound recovery, general health, and digestive health.

Below, are 2 dog vitamins that might be a good fit for your furry best friend.


1. Dr. Bill’s Pet Nutrition Canine Immune Support – Immune Support

A nutritional support supplement for sick or recovering dogs containing 17 immune-enhancing ingredients, some being Beta Glucan, lactoferrin, and Coenzyme Q-10.

The serving size varies per your dog's weight, but one bag for a 50 lb pup would contain 22 servings, one bag costing $37.70.


2. PetHonesty Multivitamin 10-in-1 Flavored Soft Chews Multivitamin for Dogs – General health

A soft chew multivitamin that contains 0.2 mg of Zinc per 2 soft chews, probiotics, and many other beneficial supplements. 

A 90-count container can come in either chicken or peanut butter flavor for $28.99. It’s important to note that the nutrition information provided by PetHonesty is for 2 soft chews, but dogs under 25 lbs should have only 1 soft chew.

You might now be thinking, “But what is the best for my fur baby”?

3. What is WoundVite, is that a Dog Vitamin? 

When your pup tries these chews, they just might get the zoomies.

WoundVite for Dogs® is a Paw-tastic all-in-one supplement for dogs clinically designed with the help of Veterinarians and Pharmacists to aid in recovery post-surgery.* It will have your dog’s skin ready for the paw-parazzi in no time!   

WoundVite for Dogs® contains 25 natural vitamins, minerals, and herbs such as vitamins A, C, E, omega 3, glucosamine, collagen, and 5 different probiotics. Ingredients that ensure your Fur-ever friend recovers well and as if their surgery was no barking-matter.

WoundVite for Dogs® by ZenNutrients is made in an FDA-registered lab and follows GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.