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Removing surgical stitches

Thursday, December 8, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

When your dog or cat has surgery, your veterinarian will tell you when to bring him back to have his stitches  removed. Not all stitches need to come out. Stitches that are absorbed in the skin, break down rather quickly and they are the sutures of choice but sometimes these sutures can cause and immune response causing inflammation and scarring. Non absorbable stitches made of things like silk, nylon and stainless steel wire are used in situations when healing take more time.  These are usually removed in a few weeks. Sometimes they are left in for good. There’s a better chance that there won’t be any immune response these regular sutures.

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