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Old 10-25-2018, 12:19 PM
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Stitches not dissolving after spaying?

We adopted a 1year-ish labrador mix in August 2018. Part of the adoption agreement from the shelter is that she be spayed.

2 months later, and she is starting to get bumps/blisters over the incision site. We took her to our vet (different from the spayer) and he can feel the head of the inner stitches under her skin. He notes they should be dissolved by now, unless they aren't the dissolving kind.

The problem is the inner stitches (the outer were removed in August after her incision healed) are rubbing the under/inside of her belly skin, irritating it and causing blisters. There is a risk of infection from these and he has her on a course of antibiotics for the next 10 days. If the problem continues, he said we may have to put our new dog in surgery to remove the inner stitches.

I have called the other vet, who assured me dissolving "double-aught DBS" stitches were used.


Anyone else have this problem?

We are not happy about this; for one, our previous dog of 9 years passed in July and we stumbled upon this rescue dog much sooner than we thought we would. She has fully acclimatized in the family and now my wife and girls are worried about her having to go into surgery again. I am perturbed at the idea of having to spend several hundred dollars for a surgery to correct a problem I think sounds like incompetence.
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Old 10-25-2018, 07:44 PM
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It can vary depending on the type of dissovable stitches used & the individual dog. Some stitches take weeks, some from 3-6 months. So I would just wait it out unless you see signs of infection.
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