Having a pet is a real great thing. Pets help us lessen the stress we have because they are sweet and playful to lighten our mood. Of course it has its drawbacks too. When you’re pet poops on the floor and you’re too stressed out too clean it, you know how stinky that can be. Even though, I’m pretty sure that a pet’s upside outweighs the downside it provide.
That’s why we fall in love with our pets and would love to prevent any thing bad from happening to them. Because our pets are very active, we can’t prevent the chance of them being injured and being ill. Some of these situations are removal of tumors or foreign objects, broken bones, torn ligaments or hernia. All of these, situations are very serious and require surgery.
The process of surgery is usually done with an incision to your pet. It depends on your pets wounds and the type of surgery the veterinarian performs as to how many layers the stitches will be. The procedure of surgery usually takes seven to ten days to completely heal.
During the time that your pet is recovering you should watch out more on your pet’s sutures. Your pet has infections and has more complications because your pet might decide to remove it.
Here are some the things that you might decide to watch more closely for once your pet has surgery.
One common problem is that because the sutures are itchy, irritating and annoying your pet will try to scratch it and remove it. When this happens, the sutures may be removed and the wound will be infected. A recommended thing to do would be to cover the suture with bandage or with an Elizabeth Collar. The Elizabeth Collar is device that is put on the neck of your pet that prevents him from accessing other parts of his body and he can only eat or drink. Another suggestion is to let your pet wear a shirt, this prevents your pet from chewing the sutures as well but he might chew the shirt.
Swelling of the incisions is expected, however in some cases the swelling becomes to excessive. The excessive swelling can be the cause of the pet’s reaction to suture material or the sutures have been untied. Hernia of the tissues then occurs when the deeper sutures no longer support the incision. In some cases when excessive fluid happens the fluid is drained. In some cases it is just treated with antibiotics, bandaging and cleaning.
Blood should not be dripping from the incision of your pet. If you see blood dripping, place a bandage. If the bleeding form the incision is in a hard place to reach, try to put pressure and then go to your veterinarian. When missing sutures on your pet happens, it is not a big problem as long as the edges of the skin are still together. If the skin is no longer together let the veterinarians stitch the wound again to prevent infections.
The most serious potential thing that could happen is the protruding of the tissue. If the tissue protrudes, it will be exposed and can lead to serious infections that can be fatal. If the tissue protrudes cover it up with a towel and call your veterinarian immediately.
Because of the joy that our pets provide us, they sometimes deserve to be treated well too when they get injured or harm. Our pets become our close pals and when they come close to harm we would hate to lose our close buddies. No matter how smelly they are.