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Our 3 year old rescue tore open a 3 inch spot of his

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neutering stitches. He's a week...
Our 3 year old rescue tore open a 3 inch spot of his neutering stitches. He's a week post op. Close to finishing antibiotics. Is this something that will heal on its own, or that we need to take him back to the vet ASAP for?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Australian Shepherd
JA: Maybe I'm confused. I thought you had a problem with a pet. Is that correct?
Customer: A dog
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Friar
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Friar?
Customer: O No
Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

1- Is he licking the incision?

2- Can you post a picture of the incision on this thread?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Friend, if he has been licking the incision it is best to treat as an open wound for a few days because the wound is contaminated with bacteria and closing it now could lead to an infection. After a few days, your vet can put 1-2 stitches to close it or even use tissue glue. Will it close without stitches? Yes, but, it may take a couple of weeks. This is what you can do:

1- Need to stop him from licking or he is going to delay healing and promote an infection. Pick up an E collar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing at the wound.

2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Dilute 1-2 tablespoon for every cup of water. Use this mixture to flush the wound 2-3 times a day.

3- After flushing affected area as above apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian in 2-3 days.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter

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