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My whippet had surgery to remove a lump from between two of her toes Monday. She just got the bandage off today but still has stitches. She was fine all day, but tonight I caught her licking it and there was a little blood. Should I be worried? I used vet wrap to cotton around it and then put a sock over it.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?

No. The lump was benign fortunately. I am more worried I caught her licking at the stitches.

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Can you share a picture of what the area looks like now? This will help to determine if any interventional steps need be taken.

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Thank you and are the sutures all intact? I can see two that are but the middle one looks like it may have come undone. Does it appear secure and knotted still on your end?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
it is still intact.

Perfect. The surgical area looks perfectly normal from what I can see. Is your girl wearing an e-collar currently?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
No. And she didnt need one when it was bandaged. All this has happened after the bandage came off.

I would certainly keep it covered, but if she keeps attempting to lick it she's going to need to go in to one. You'll want to change the bandaging daily and ensure it's not so tight as to cut off circulation. If you need to make an e-collar at home, by chance, you can use the directions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFWPH17u0eU If she is like many whippets where her head and neck are roughly the same size, you can place her into a harness and secure the back edge of the e-collar to the neck piece of the harness to keep her from being able to slide it off forward.

In short, I would not be worried but I would approach the situation with the intention of preventing her from having any further access to the paw or she may worsen it's condition. A little blood is not too concerning following surgery and the days that follow.

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