Dog Health Questions? Ask a Dog Vet for Answers ASAP
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Yes the bleeding or spotting can be normal up to 2 weeks after surgery
The blue is not normal however this far out from surgery. It can develop within a few days and resolve within the first week but I would not expect to first appear at 6 days
If this is the case, it might be a good idea to have your veterinarian do an exam of the area to ensure there is not any infection or necrosis of the underlying tissue
Typically these types of postoperative examinations are at no charge to ensure they are healing well if any issues
We would rather see them back if there are any questions then wait and monitor for resolution
The blue would worry me enough to encourage a recheck examination
Please let me know if this information makes sense and any additional questions I can assist with today
so what does it typically signify...what am I looking at?
Abnormal bleeding/ clotting times can be a concern
Although this is a little late
It can also indicate a suture reaction under the skin
Meaning, we don't typically see coagulation issues six days out, commonly during surgery or within 24 hours postop
she was sent home without sutures
There are internal sutures that you cannot see
The linea and skin are sutured they are just what we call subcuticular or within the skin so they are not visible
This is a common surgical close technique for a spay
even with laser? I will definitely be contacting my vet in the morning.
Yes even with laser. Laser is the cutting technique not the closing technique
will she be ok tonight?
Is she acting normal otherwise? And gums are pink?
yes she has been trying to be her normal self...trying to run, jump, etc. the things she is not supposed to be doing...and of course, fussing at me when I put her in her crate.
And her gum color?
they appear to be the same color they have always been
OK, please is that a pink color?
And is she licking at her incision at all? Any discharge from the incision?
she has on her e collar ...I don't see any discharge
So as long as her color stays pink, she still is eating and active and the discharge is only spotting it is ok until morning
But if her color becomes pale or blue, she is lethargic, not wanting to move around or eat, her belly is swollen, there is discharge from the incision then I would consider a veterinary er
thank you...I worry too much I suppose but she is just so small
I completely understand, I have two Chi's as well
They are so tiny and frail it is easy to worry about them!
But better to be worried then not noticing the red flags of concern
I will still have her checked out asap in the morning.
Yes, I would advise that just to be sure nothing to worry about
Can I assist with any additional questions or clarify anything today?
no I think I might be able to rest now...I know Sassy has been on my lap trying to nap.
Great, just monitor those gums and that she is comfortable yet alert when you move her
Good luck to you and Sassy!
ok thank you
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