02-09-2017, 08:23 PM
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That looks "ugly"- I would be worried about the blackish areas along the "bottom" edge in the pics, is that scabbing, or the the actual skin? I'm not a vet, but would guess (from personal experience) that that area may slough off sooner or later, leaving the defect larger than it currently is.
Was it a mast cell tumor? My APBT, Haley, had a low grade 2 MCT removed from her hip/thigh when she was 6 or so. It started looking pretty gross (slimy, some separation despite the sutures and lack of activity on her part) around 3 or 4 days following surgery, and the vet warned me that MCT surgery sites can be slow to heal- I think they also either added or changed to a different antibiotic at that time as well. At 10 days post surgery, her vet recommended leaving the sutures for another week or so, because it was still looking like it might want to "unzip" if we removed the sutures. There were a couple little spots that were still gaping when we removed the sutures, but the bulk of it was healed. Her scar was pretty diffuse and ugly because of the separation of the skin at the incision, but hair eventually grew over most of it, and it never bothered her functionally. Her incision never looked as bad as your girl's, but hopefully you will see the same outcome. I would definitely try to restrict her as much as you can to prevent further trauma to the skin around the incision, just short walks to eliminate then back to a confined space (and make sure she's not licking at it!). Best wishes for fast healing and no recurrence.