How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Deb Your Own Question
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 10921
Experience:  I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. Deb is online now

my dogs had a wound stitched a day ago one of the stitches

This answer was rated:

my dogs had a wound stitched a day ago one of the stitches has come out leaving wound open , quite a wide gap, what can i do until i can phone vet tomorrow

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to assist you today.

As you might expect, this particular problem is not an uncommon one when it comes to our pets.

The most important thing is to prevent your dog from licking at the wound, if at all possible. until you have have your vet reevaluate the area. This means that he/she may need to wear a cone although they certainly won't thank me for suggesting it!

You can gently clean the area with dilute, over the counter Betadine or iodine (to the color of weak tea) or even warm water. Hydrogen peroxide has actually been shown to retard healing so it's not advised.

After the area has dried, then you can apply a small amount of over the counter antibacterial ointment or cream such as we would use on a wound for ourselves.

It's quite possible that your vet will leave the area open to heal as what's known as an open wound or they may decide that it would be best to resuture the area or possibly even staple it closed.

I hope this helps. Deb

Dr. Deb and 2 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
I just wanted to thank you for the rating; it's greatly appreciated.

And, best of luck with your dog. Regards, Deb

Kindly ignore the information request.