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Just looking at those photos made me itchy! We ask a lot of our pups not to bite and scratch at their healing wounds.
I almost needed a cone for myself, I wished I could scratch for her, lol.

Wow! Looks like it healed quite nicely! Thanks for taking the time to do this!
You’re welcome! I had a hard time finding pictures like this of healing progress online. It helps to know what to expect. Her incision isn’t the tidy kind I’m used to seeing on humans at work so I wanted other people to see what’s normal.
 

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Here’s an update on her incision. Not good. Once the cone was gone she started licking her incision occasionally. I recently noticed the top of the incision was swelling a bit, and then more swollen the next day. So it’s back to the cone. I was so excited for her to be done with it. I sent an email with the pics to my vet to see what they say on Monday.




 

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Looks like maybe her body is just pushing out the stitches/is scarring? Misty got a tick bite a while back, and I left the head in by accident when I pulled it 🤦‍♀️. She had something similar around the bite, but the vet said she was fine. The head popped out shortly after. I’d still take her to the vet to make sure there is no infection or anything else, but since she’s eating, drinking, and pottying fine (and presumably not running a fever), I wouldn’t worry too much. :)

And no more licking, Miss Lacey!
 

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Floofypoodle, sounds similar to my vet’s reply. Thankfully she wasn’t having any signs of infection at the incision site, but I was concerned she’d have to wear the e collar for another two weeks! The vet’s reply:


“The little suture knot is causing some irritation. You can gently pull it, it may have dissolved enough to come out, or we can snip the knot off. You can put a little triple antibiotic (like neosporin) on it as well. If you want us to snip the knot off for you, let me know and we can find a time to do it tomorrow.”

I tried gently pulling the suture knot and unsurprisingly it wasn’t dissolved enough to come out. I’ve heard it can take months to dissolve. But there was enough extra sticking out that I felt comfortable snipping it off myself with sharp, disinfected scissors. I attached a pic. The next pic is immediately after I removed the suture knot. I stopped using the e collar right away, but I did spray bitter apple on the area to discourage licking. It’s a few days later the incision is looking good and she hasn’t messed with it.



 

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I’m so glad you guys are finding this helpful. I hope this thread eases the nerves a little and helps you feel more prepared.

Yes, I’m thankful Lacey’s suture problem was simple and easily taken care of at home. I wasn’t even aware that could happen. From here on out assume no news is good news!
 

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Hi and welcome!

Until Porkchop sees this I'll say that it's going to depend greatly on the dog, whether spay or neuter. Another member recently had her girl spayed and didn't need the cone at all but they were super vigilant with her. With my boys neuter, we used the "cloud collar" style. We left them on for maybe a couple of days, to see how much they tried to get at the site. After that, and since we were almost always with them, we left the collars off unless we had to leave the house without them.

An option to the cone is a onesie or "recovery suit" which will keep the pup out of the surgical site.

This site goes over a few brands with pro's and cons. Dog surgery onesie - Best, 2020 | Post-op care - Furry Friends Gear

If your pup is the right size, a human infant onesie might be adapted.
 

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For post op days 1-10 I used a cone. During the day a blow up donut style cone and a night a bigger diameter soft cone. I used a recovery suit for post op days 7-11 and she tolerated it until the 11th day. She started biting at the crotch area and stretching it out! She had enough of it. So I put her back in the cone until it had been 14 days.

I also bought her cones ahead of time to prepare. I did short training sessions with both styles I bought and gave lots of treats. She never had any problems with wearing the cone. She even seemed to like the blow up one.
Lacey is definitely the type who would insistently lick and try to do it inconspicuously, so that’s why she got the cone for the full two weeks.


If you’d like to read a little about her recovery and see pics of her in both styles of cone as well as the recovery suit, check out my other thread.
 

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Here’s pics of Lacey’s spay incision healing process day by day for 2 weeks.














Thank you for sharing this, but it looks nothing like my little girls wound. She looks like she already is almost all the way healed and she just had hers done Monday. It was red Monday and Tuesday but by Wednesday the redness was gone I have kept a cone on her unless she is eating. When she eats I take it off or else she won’t eat. I try not to leave the cone off for long cause she likes to try to go for the incision, which I’m glad they used glue on the outside instead of stitches cause she would have tore them out.
 
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