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Old 03-05-2015, 01:25 AM
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infected spay incision

I got my Yorkshire Terrier spayed at a vet. she came home and everything was fine for the first 5 days, then she started to show signs of infection. There was puss and drainage from the incision site and it had started to open. I contacted the vet that night and asked if I could bring her in the next morning. He told me that I could. I took her to the vet the next morning and he looked at it and said that she did not need antibiotics and put more glue on reclose the incision. I asked if she could be put on antibiotics and the vet said she did not need them and to just clean the incision site twice a day with peroxide. My understanding was that in any circumstance where there is an open wound from surgery that the animal would require antibiotics, and that you were not supposed to clean the incision site. She has only gotten worse and showed more signs of affection. With a lot of drainage that is black, red, and yellow. She is acting like she doesn't feel well anymore and her incision has opened again at the top, but she is still eating and drinking okay. Thankfully I work closely with animals in my career and had access to other vets and antibiotics. I have started her on antibiotics and I'm hoping for improvement. My question is should I have listened to this vet and not provided her with antibiotics? And is it really safe to clean her wound with peroxide when she has glue sutures?
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I got my Yorkshire Terrier spayed at a vet. she came home and everything was fine for the first 5 days, then she started to show signs of infection. There was puss and drainage from the incision site and it had started to open. I contacted the vet that night and asked if I could bring her in the next morning. He told me that I could. I took her to the vet the next morning and he looked at it and said that she did not need antibiotics and put more glue on reclose the incision. I asked if she could be put on antibiotics and the vet said she did not need them and to just clean the incision site twice a day with peroxide. My understanding was that in any circumstance where there is an open wound from surgery that the animal would require antibiotics, and that you were not supposed to clean the incision site. She has only gotten worse and showed more signs of affection. With a lot of drainage that is black, red, and yellow. She is acting like she doesn't feel well anymore and her incision has opened again at the top, but she is still eating and drinking okay. Thankfully I work closely with animals in my career and had access to other vets and antibiotics. I have started her on antibiotics and I'm hoping for improvement. My question is should I have listened to this vet and not provided her with antibiotics? And is it really safe to clean her wound with peroxide when she has glue sutures?
I would have to agree with you . I think the vet should have given her antibiotics if it was indeed infected . My vet would always require a recheck after surgery and a couple of times we did have to get antibiotics due to slight infection .. I am glad you took it upon yourself and got the meds for your dog ..
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Thanks. What about cleaning it with peroxide? It was a glued suture. I thought you were not supposed to get the glue wet.
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From what I'm reading it won't help but it wouldn't hurt either.

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I agree with you that the initial vet should have started her on a course of antibiotics for the infection. Further, if it was actively draining pus, the incision should not have been reglued. This would have allowed the infection to drain. The inside part of the skin is sutured, so likely, it would have healed on it's own. The scar may not have been pretty though!

As for the peroxide, I would not recommend using that on a "fresh" surgical wound. Peroxide will breakdown any clotting that has formed and damage fragile healing tissue. The best "cleaning" solution is saline which you can either buy at a pharmacy or make yourself with table salt and water.
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Thanks. What about cleaning it with peroxide? It was a glued suture. I thought you were not supposed to get the glue wet.

How is your pup doing today ?
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Update: The antibiotics worked wonders and her incision has closed up and stopped draining. I know this situation would have ended badly if I had listened to the first vet. In a couple days I will let her go back to regular activities. Thanks for all your help.
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If you don't mind me asking what type of antibiotic where you given and how long before you saw improvement? We just started Simplicef for an infected incision today.
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