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I don't know so much about dog surgery, but I do know lots about people medical stuff and post surgery unless there is some specific reason not to they always push fluids and always check to make sure that both bladder and bowels are moving well. Anesthesia can cause the bladder/bowels to become sluggish, also pain meds (codeine in particular) constipates, and people subconsciously tend to not want to go and hold it because it may hurt (depending on the operation) or even assuming the position hurts. I would think that it would be no different for dogs, so basically I would say make sure he is drinking lots and eliminating appropriately. Being well hydrated also helps to flush any left over anesthetic from the body.