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    • L Benker
    • By L Benker 11th Sep 17, 4:40 AM
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    Dissolvable or Absorbable stitches
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    • 11th Sep 17, 4:40 AM
    Dissolvable or Absorbable stitches 11th Sep 17 at 4:40 AM
    I had my 3 month old Chi mix female puppy fixed on Sept. 1st. They said that the stitches were absorbable and that they would go away within 10 to 14 days and to leave her e-collar on for that amount of time as well. It has now been 10 days and the outside stitches look the same as the day she had surgery. And she really hates the e-collar, she is just as active as always and eating fine. She is even hoping off of the couch and runny through the house like the stitches no longer bother her. What I am wondering is when I can take the collar off? And how long does it take for the outside stitches to dissolve? Her and I both are ready for the collar to come off. The longer the collar stays on the more depressed she seems to be. I asked the vet and got told whenever you feel comfortable to do it. Which to me wasn't a real answer. Any help or advice would be very welcome at this time.
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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 11th Sep 17, 6:50 AM
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    I'd take her to the vet on day 14 and ask if a vet nurse can take the stitches out. After two weeks they aren't doing anything anyway except maybe itching!
    • L Benker
    • By L Benker 11th Sep 17, 7:08 AM
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    Thank you I was thinking that I just might have to do that. I am off Friday and that will make 2 weeks exactly.
    • LusciousLuce
    • By LusciousLuce 11th Sep 17, 8:14 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:14 AM
    Dissolvable stitches take longer than 10-14 days to dissolve. Most vets advise removing stitches 10 days post-op, at which point it should be fine to remove the collar.
    • L Benker
    • By L Benker 11th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
    Thank you for the advice I was thinking it has been 11 days so it should be safe to take the cone off. But with her only weighing 2.12 pounds I tend to worry about her maybe a little to much..lol
    • Fosterdog
    • By Fosterdog 11th Sep 17, 9:21 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 9:21 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 9:21 AM
    How does the wound itself look? If it looks like it's healing well try taking the collar off for a while to see f she bothers it at all. If she bothers the area she still needs the collar on, if she leaves it alone then it should be safe enough to leave off. The stitches should start breaking down now, gently rubbing them with warm water a few times a day can help them along or you can cut them off (take to vet or nurse if you're not confident enough to do it yourself)
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