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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-14-2004, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Stiches that won't dissolve... *UPDATE and pics!*

I just have a quick question for anyone that may know. It has been about 6 weeks since I got Oliver declawed and they put in stitches that they said would dissolve. Well I called about a 1.5 weeks ago asking them if it's still normal to see the stitches and they said that they will eventually dissolve if he doesn't try getting them out himself.

Well, like I said, it's been about 6 weeks and I still see one patch of stitches left on his right foot. He walks on both front paws but when it comes to just sitting upright, he refuses to put that foot down that still has stitches poking out of it. Maybe the stitchs are itchy to him and feels wierd or hurts to touch them to the floor? My question is, has anyone else had this happen or do you know the normal amount of time it takes for those stitches to dissolve? Thanks for your help!

Here is a (blurry) pic of the stitch that still hasn't dissolved...



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I would take him back, and ask the vet to finish the job at no additional cost. I am guessing that he used non-dissolving stiches, and that Oliver chewed off the stiches that are gone. Even vets can make mistakes. Six weeks is a long time.

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Oh my! You think that's the case? Yeah, he did use to have alot more stitches sticking out and did yank and chew on them alot....I really hope the vet didn't mess up and use non-dissolving stitches. I think the vet owes ME money anyways because they made me pick him up a day early from the vet because they couldn't handle Oliver. My question about that is, if they couldn't handle Oliver's behavior, then how do they handle feral cats when people bring those in?? I don't get it and now I'm off topic, so yeah, I think I'll call tomorow and let them now that one pads stitches still hasn't dissolved...


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Yes I would take him back to the vet and make the vet remedy this for poor olliver. Im sure they wont charge you.


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I work in a surgery clinic and assist with little procedures on humans. We use both dissolvable and nondissolvable sutures. Dissolvable suture will only below the skin, once it has worked it's way to the surface we generally have to remove or clip it. So I wonder if this could be the case.
Of course I have experience with humans, not animals. I don't know what type of suture vets use.
In any case, your vet should certainly remedy the situation at no cost. It should be covered in Oliver's post-operative care.
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Heather, I am curious.....did the stitches dissolve or did you end up taking Oliver back to the vet?
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I'd like to know too.

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Me too. (I just caught this thread).

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Me too. Heather what happend? How is Oliver?

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Thanks for asking. His stiches look dissolved...I don't see any at glance. But he still limps and doesn't like to put his right paw on the ground when he's sitting up. I guess it just takes awhile for him to fully heal.


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