Saturday, November 10, 2012
Echo - Stitches Out
We are wondering how Molly did following her surgery yesterday. So Susan if you happen to read this posting please let us know how Molly is doing post surgery.
Using a tee shirt keeps them from licking their incision following surgery and lets enough air in for the wound to heal. Mostly they will leave the area alone but when the hair starts to grow back and the healing is about done it itches and they will either lick or scratch the area. Other times they will move just right and the stitches pull and you will hear a yip. They sometimes get after the area then as well. We use a jersey type tee shirt so they can't injure that incision with their toe nails since it is a heavier material. We then band it in place with vet wrap which is an elastic material that will stick to itself. You can also cut the tee shirt up the back half way and tie it together on top. We like the vet wrap because it is easier to use and when Echo is done with the tee shirt we can wear it again. A caution in using vet wrap though is if you use it around a leg be sure it is not too tight. It can cut off circulation and animals have been known to lose a foot from having it on too tight or on too long. When Bozwell gets a sore on his leg we put a tube sock on his foot and up to his elbow and use vet tape wrap it on. By rolling the sock over two or three times at the top it serves as enough cushion to keep it from cutting off circulation.