Doglovers whose dogs have had surgery with stitches.... do you have some way of stopping them from tearing the stitches out?
Our dog had to have four little lumps removed two days ago, and he won't leave the stitches alone on two of the incisions. He completely ripped them out of the one on his toe and he ripped out two of the four stitches on the incision on his leg. He is leaving the other two incisions alone. I took him back to the vet yesterday, and he put two surgical staples in his toe and then wrapped it in that stretchy sticky gauze. He also put two staples in the leg to replace the stitches he tore out there, but you can't wrap the leg, and no sooner did we get him home, but he chewed them right out again. The incision is not bleeding or infected, but naturally, it looks gross, and it will leave a bigger scar. But we don't see the point in putting more stitches in if he's just going to continue tearing them out, and really, neither did the vet. He gave me some antibiotics and said we probably didn't need to bother bringing him back unless it started bleeding or the dog was obviously in discomfort. So today I'm staying home with him and I'll just keep an eye on him and stop him from licking if I can. He has a way of sneaking away from me so I can't see what he's doing, but at least its better than leaving him alone. He absolutely will not wear an e-collar. Last time we tried that, he destroyed three of them in less than a day.
Any bright ideas? Or maybe I'm over-worried about it and I should just let it go? I have to go back to work tomorrow and I'm hoping that if I can keep him away from it today, for just one day, it will have enough of a head start on the healing that it won't matter. Thoughts?
***** Laurie *****
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