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my dog had surgery today to remove a cyst. she has scratched

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my dog had surgery today to remove a cyst. she has scratched it and now it is bleeding. can i bandage it? The incision is about 3 inches long and on her neck

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I am not sure bandaging would be a good idea because bandaging the neck can effect breathing

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You can put a sock on both back feet to minimize the possibility of scratching and/ or use a big tube sock to cover it if that is not effective

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i have socks on her feet and have been holding her for the past 30 minutes or so and its still this normal?

Yes some oozing the day of surgery is normal. Especially if she is active or scratching at it more than expected.

You can also try 1 mg/ pound of benadryl every 6-8 hours to hopefully sedate her a little bit and reduce the itchiness of the incision but a larger incision can ooze for the first 8-12 hours and even a few days postop depending on activity level and agitation of the incision.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both...I know this must be frustrating but once a dog fixates on scratching all you can do is minimize the agitation as you are doing now.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

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