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Dr. Peter, Veterinarian
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Experience:  16 years of small animal internal medicine, surgery and preventive medicine.
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My Westie was recently speyed and seems in good health.

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My Westie bitch was recently speyed and seems in good health. However on inspection of her belly this evening we noticed one side of her belly next to the wound is a tiny bit swollen and is firm to touch. I pressed on it and it's not uncomfortable for her. The wound seems to be healing nicely. It's a little red but I assumed this was normal. Should I be worried? She's very much herself and is eating and drinking normally!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Can you post a picture on this thread of the swelling?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm just trying to upload a photo. It's only very slight. Wasn't sure if they can have minor hernias or something. My partner has been gently pressing on it but she's not flinching or anything.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

I am having a bit of trouble seeing the swelling, is it in the bottom toward the right of the incision?

Thank you for the picture.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If you look at the bottom of the picture it's just a very slight swelling between the incision and the nipple. Feels firm to touch but isn't uncomfortable for her. Does the wound look okay to you?L
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

I see it, it is exactly where I mentioned above. Please give me a few minutes to type your answer.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, below the skin there are 2 more layers of absorbable sutures. The swelling you are seeing is common and this is just the tissue slightly swollen probably from the sutures; it does not appear to be herniated. The incision looks perfect, I would not be worried. It looks fine.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay, we were a little worried because she's been a little hyper as she's feeling better and probably moving about more than she should be. I was worried she had done some damage. Is it likely she would suffer any complications at this stage? We are a week on now. Also, is it possible she can pull those internal stitches out?
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

It is not likely for complications to occur 1 week post surgery.

She can not pull the internal sutures without first opening the skin sutures. I would not worry about that.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay perfect. She seems very happy in herself and is eating and drinking normally. She is due to have the stitches out in 3 days so if there's anything abnormal I'm sure they'll see it.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

There is nothing abnormal in the picture besides the minor swelling which is nothing to worry about. As far as what they will see I can not comment on what another person will see.