As some of you remember my lil min pin Rubys spay stitches popped open. Well yesterday we took her back to the vet and they re-glued her. We put the e-collar on her so she couldnt mess w/em but as soon as they glued her back up it was starting to come back open (in the vets office!) and they charged us a $32 office visit! I told them it was doing that WHILE we were still there and they said 'not to worry about it'. Well today its completely open again (top layer of stitches/glue) and they said we can bring her back in but theyre gonna keep charging us! WHAT THE HECK?! Dont most vets guarantee their work and fix something if it goes wrong? Esp when I KNOW Ruby didnt do it that time when it split open AT the vets office! I guess my question now is can I get some gauze and vet wrap and wrap the vet wrap around her belly? As long as I take it off and clean her belly everyday and keep neosporin on it and give her amoxi to prevent infection, will that work?
You have to get it closed, it can't stay open. Its their responsibility to address it. Unless it is something that you are responsible for doing and even still they have to address it. If that happened here, we wouldn't charge them most times even if it probly was owners fault. Make a stink if they want to charge you again, tell them you'll go to the Papers LOL!
they should not keep charging you unless it is your odgs fault that the glue is not working IE : that she is being too active etc. tell them next time to pop a few staples in her as it is obvious the glue is not working. the first time the glue came apart i could see them thinking it was your fault .... but not when it happened again. they can stape her wthout having to put her under anesthesia. takes all of maybe 1 minute to do.
k9, that happened to Riley, but he had to go to the emergency vet to get it fixed. At that point he had to get REAL stitches, not the glue. When it was time to come out his vet charged me nothign to take them out. I would not pay the bill personally.
When a dog is spayed it is common practice to stitch the dog back up in layers. They expect most dogs to almost immediately start pulling out the staples and messing with it so they usually plan ahead. Look at the wound-does it look like skin folded together or does it look like an area exposed without a protective layer of skin? If it just looks like the skin is tucked together and no exposed flesh or area without skin then the dog is probably fine.
I'm surprised your vet keeps charging you to fix problems resulting from the surgery he did. When Lacy was spayed her inside stiches holding the muscle together came undone, causing a hernia (which wasn't the vet's fault - it was mine for letting Lacy be too active too soon). She had to be put to sleep again, opened up, restitched up and stayed overnight for observation and was sent home with more pain pills and I wasn't charged anything. I probably should have been charged since it was my fault but it was nice to see a vet backing up their work.