A. The staples should have been removed or fallen out on their own over time post-spay. However if you were able to remove the staple yourself, and there was no tissue grown over or signs of infection (heat, oozing discolored debris, pain, etc) then your bichon will likely be fine. If you are seeing signs of infection or are unable to remove the staple yourself, then bringing her back into the vet for care is best.
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If your dog`s incision has non-dissolving sutures, staples, or stent sutures, they are usually removed 10-14 days after surgery; the actual time depends on the type of surgery performed. Your veterinarian will tell you when to return to the clinic for suture or staple removal.
The most obvious clinical sign of ovarian remnant surgery is when a previously spayed dog goes into heat. This can happen at any time after spay surgery, with a delay of months to years. The signs that a dog is in heat include swelling of the vulva and blood-tinged vaginal discharge.
An infected spay incision will likely be quite red and swollen. You may also observe drainage from the area, including blood or purulent discharge. Sutures may be missing and you may even notice underlying tissue protruding from the wound.
For some dogs, this can progress to a point where they have difficulty holding their urine even when awake. It`s estimated that between 5 percent and 20 percent of spayed dogs develop USMI and urine leakage. The larger the dog, the more likely it is to develop incontinence.
Non-absorbable stitches usually stay in for 5 to 14 days, depending on where they are. Staples usually stay in for 7 to 10 days. Staples need to be taken out with a special staple remover.
Unlike stitches, surgical staples don`t dissolve as your incision or wound heals. For this reason, they require some special care and must be removed by your doctor once the incision has healed.
Most dogs and cats that are spayed early in life will not develop pyometra. However, a uterine stump pyometra may occur after incomplete ovariohysterectomy which allows a segment of the uterine body or horn to become infected.
A true stump pyometra is an uncommon problem which refers to a hormone (progesterone) mediated infection of a remnant of the uterus.
A recent spay incision should be a clean, straight wound and the edges should be sealed with glue, stitches or staples. The skin will be slightly swollen and a slight reddish-pink color around the edges. As the incision heals, you will want to check the area for redness, swelling or discharge.
The presence of bacteria and yeast on the skin is normal; however, if either appears in excess, or if the skin barrier is unhealthy, or if the dog is immunocompromised, an infection can occur. Bacterial or yeast infections of the skin can be very itchy and result in constant licking of the affected area.
The short answer is that no, your dog isn`t likely to be less hyperactive after getting spayed or neutered. It won`t change their personality much, if at all. Each dog has its own positive and negative social habits.
Urinary incontinence-dribbling urine/inability to control urination. Infections in the abdomen or the remaining small piece of the uterus. Weight gain in females. Bleeding during or after surgery either internally, from the incision or from the vulva that can result in death.
It is important to remove the stitches or staples in the recommended time frame from the doctor. Failure to do so can result in complications. When stitches are left in for too long, it can result in marks on the skin and in some cases, result in scarring.
Surgical staples usually remain in place for one to two weeks, depending on the type of surgery and the placement of the staples. In some cases, internal staples may not be removed. They are either absorbed or become permanent additions to hold internal tissue together.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts and watchful eye, dogs can remove their surgical staples. Unless your dog has done this within a few days of returning home from surgery, or you notice pus, excessive bleeding, or a large, open wound where the staple is missing, your dog should be just fine.
Unless instructed by your vet, never clean your dog`s incision site with water or ointment. Don`t use alcohol since it may delay the healing of your pup`s wounds or irritate the incision site. If your dog has an open wound, you may use warm tap water and pat it dry with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel.
Potential Side Effects of Spaying Your Dog
A small number of studies report that unspayed female dogs who are aggressive to family members may become more aggressive after they`re spayed. This could be caused by a decrease in estrogen and oxytocin, both of which may have calming, anti-anxiety effects.
The initial stage of pyometra usually comes with a slight vaginal discharge with no prominent symptoms. Pets diagnosed with pyometra later show visible signs. Dogs with pyometra also have an increased white blood cell count and globulins in the blood. Some dogs may also have painful, enlarged abdomen.
Interestingly, what happens is that once the ovaries are removed, the uterus atrophies, or shrinks away and basically dies on its own. The end result is therefore the same: no uterus = no risk of pyometra and no tumors of the uterus.
Acute redness, swelling or bruising at the incision site. Bleeding or pus from the incision site. Vomiting or diarrhea longer than 24 hours after the procedure (some immediately after can be normal as a result of anesthesia) The incision site reopens.
Because of the additive effect of years of heat cycles, middle-aged or older intact female dogs are more prone to developing pyometra. However, it can also occur in young dogs.
Signs of Wound Infection in Dogs
Common symptoms of an infected wound are evidence of swelling, pain, redness, and discharge (especially bloody or yellow discharge). Many pets will also have a fever and can have decreased appetite and lethargy. Some pets will also lick at an infected wound.
A seroma is a build-up of straw-coloured bodily fluids in an area where tissue has been removed at surgery. The fluid can make the area feel hard and this can become uncomfortable.