My Australian Shep. puppy, Bella, was spayed 8 days ago. Two days after the surgery, I had to take her in to the vet as she was showing signs of swelling. The vet decided the swelling was do to an allergic reaction to the suture (she did an MRI and only saw what looked to be a pocket of pus). Bella is now on antibiotics and even though the swelling has only gone down slightly, the vet said that as long as she is behaving normally, everything is fine. And Bella is behaving normally. In fact I can't keep her calm and quite. What now has me concerned is that the slight scabbing on the suture site she had after the surgery has grown. It is now about an inch in length (the entire length of the incision site) and 1/4 inch wide. I also noticed what looked like a loose stitch hanging from the site. My other dog never had any scabbing on her suture site, so I don't know if this is normal. Should I be concerned, even though Bella is eating and drinking well, or is this just part of the healing process?
I'd put a fitted tee-shirt that covers the sutures, and leave it alone till healed and time to go to the vet for suture removal. Don't mess with the stitch. What if its not an individual stitch but one long one all together. Leave it, keep it dry. Check it a few times a day, to assure its healing right. Keep her from jumping and being too active.
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I went into the vet who agrees that we should just let things be (though she did say that if the scabbing doesn't go away she will recommend reopening the site and resuturing). Bella is now on 21 days of restricted activity and antibiotics. I'm concerned about UTIs but the antibiotics are needed to help with the swelling (way down but better) at the suture site. This is the last time I will get a dog spayed at the rescue organization (even if it is free). Poor Bella is SO bored, and wants to play hard SO much I feel bad for her. Hopefully by next week she will be better.