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I have an 8.5 month old minature schnauzer. She had her

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I have an 8.5 month old minature schnauzer bitch. She had her first season at exactly 6 months and it did last 8 weeks although the latter weeks was light. She is often on my bed and I have noticed she is still losing, maybe once a night and very light but non the less still bleeding a tt. My vet said he would Spey her this month with her having a long season. He doesn't do key hole and I'm worried about her stitches as she does tend to lick herself a lot.
Is this something to be concerned about and how long before the stitches heal please?

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

I'm sorry for this concern for your dog.

As your vet probably mentioned to you, a heat cycle lasting this long is not the norm so I'm glad that you're having her spayed. My concern would be that she has cystic ovaries which are constantly producing hormones. If your plan was not to breed her, then having her spayed is the best thing, health-wise, for her.

Many patients will excessively lick their incisions although, of course, not all of them do. But for those patients who can't leave well enough alone, then often they will need to wear a cone to prevent access to the area. These can either be purchased at local pet stores or your vet should have them.

In terms of how long it will take for her incision to heal, there may be some variability about that, especially if her ovaries are producing estrogen. The average dog will have stitches removed in about 10 days although some vets will bury the skin sutures which will dissolve over time. But the incision itself should be healed by 7-10 days. However, having said that, if she has more estrogen in her body than the average female who undergoes this procedure, it may take her just a few days longer to completely heal.

I hope this helps. Deb

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Thanks for the rating; it's greatly appreciated.

Best of luck with Milly. Kind regards, Deb