As a responsible pet-owner who has no plans to become a professional breeder, you are likely to be aware of how easy it can be to have your dog neutered. It is usually an out-patient procedure, and since it is a less invasive procedure than spaying a female dog, you can usually expect your dog to recover quickly. However, some unusually strong-willed or exceptionally curious dogs have actually ripped out their stitches in the first few days after their procedure. If that has happened to your beloved pooch, it is a good idea to ask the veterinarian the following questions.
#1-How Did The Doctor Close The Surgical Incision?
It is often surprising to learn that the stitches you see on the outside of your dog's scrotum may not be the only stitches he has. Specifically, there is often another set on the inside that you cannot easily see. Those sutures could easily be holding the area together when your dog has ripped out the external ones. It is common to use dissolving stitches, and if you were not asked to return to the facility a week or two after the procedure to remove stitches, a good rule of thumb is that your dog received dissolving ones. Alternatively, you may discover that surgical staples were used to close the wound.
#2-Should You Invest In An E-collar?
Once your veterinarian has examined your dog and provided the necessary care, you will need to discuss appropriate steps to prevent the problem from occurring again. Some veterinarians do not always recommend the use of an E-collar, which you may know as the "Cone of shame." However, since your canine has already displayed his willingness to remove his own stitches, you should ask about the use of that device.
#3-How Can You Be Sure That The E-collar Will Fit Properly?
It is crucial to be sure that the E-collar is the right size for your dog. It is available in a number of sizes and is often given out based on breed and expected neck size. However, if your dog has a particularly thin or chubby neck, you may find that it is uncomfortable to wear or the dog can easily get it off. Therefore, it is often recommended to try it on before you leave the clinic. If the plastic E-collar does not seem like an appropriate choice for your pet, there are a number of similar options that may be helpful, such as a shorter or cloth device.
In conclusion, surgically sterilizing your male dog is typically recommended unless you plan to responsibly breed puppies. Unfortunately, some dogs have been known to rip out one or more of their surgical stitches in the days after their procedure. If you are currently dealing with that concern, it will be a good idea to clarify your understanding of the situation with the veterinarian by asking the above questions.