Is he wearing a cone-collar, or anything
to keep his tongue off the incision?
If he has no Elizabethan / cone collar, nor a cervical collar, NOR a large-size "onesie" that covers his entire belly -
I'd get one or more of the above, & put 'em on.
He doesn't have to spend 8-hrs a day licking it, to introduce bacteria - or just moisture
, in which microbe-popns explode.
The odd lick, once or twice in a 12-hr period, is quite sufficient to cause problems.
Is he being kept on leash? - He shouldn't be OFF leash for any outside trips whatever for approx 10-days.
Stitches are generally removed around day 5 to day 7, depending - but if they're absorbable, they don't get cut & removed, they stay in place & disintegrate. [Hopefully.]
He's not allowed to run - he can walk just as far as U are willing to walk him, & still have energy enuf to walk him back home again -- but no running, no jumping, no off-leash time
when he might decide to charge after a squirrel, & jump onto the tree where the chatterer fled.
He also cannot be outside a confined area, preferably a crate, whenever U aren't home to monitor him - even if he's indoors, inside the house. JUMPING is a no-no while his sutures are holding the incision - so he can't be free in the house when at home solo
, as he could easily jump onto a sofa, onto or OFF a bed, or sprint down the stairs, & split his incision or pop multiple stitches.
He must WALK up & down all stairs, 1 step at a time - no hopping 2 & 3 steps in a bound, nor launching from the landing to thud onto the floor below!
If U have any concerns - swelling, puffiness around stitches, DRAINAGE with color
, a feeling of HEAT from the incision / much warmer than surrounding tissue, etc, go see a vet
If he flinches or yelps when it's touched, SEE THE VET - it should be only slightly tender to pressure
, not painful to touch
If U know how to take a rectal temp
, that's an excellent cross-check for any developing fever - 100.2 to 101.2 'F is normal for a dog who's not exerting themselves, AND is not
in a warm, humid environment.
If the house is over 70 'F & it's over 60% humidity indoors, he may even pant a little - tho he's just lying around.
If his core temp hits 102.2 'F or higher, he's running a fever; over 103 is a trip to the vet, as seizures can begin at 103.5 'F.
Hope he heals with no complications - over 99% of M dogs do.