Spay Incision - Something Wrong?
I had Mirage spayed on the 31st last month at one of those "low cost" clinics - I could NOT afford the $350 USD that every other place was asking for, so we didn't have a choice - and I knew that the care would be close to sub-standard. And it was, they did not inform me that they would be closing her incision with "glue", I would have greatly preferred stitches as I know first hand that they actually work. She also was not supervised and managed to nearly rip her claws out by scratching at the cage - they're still red and brown with blood but appear to be healing.
Anyway, the first night she managed to lick part of the glue off and we immediately ran out and bought a pricey E-Collar (wasn't included in the price, of course). Everything was going good... until today, six days later. She managed to figure out that she could "scrape" the wound and glue with her collar and even lick a part of it... and now she has a slight gap that's scabbed off on the top portion (incision is only 1 inch) - barely noticeable, about 2mm in length across but still worrisome to me - it does not appear, at this stage, to be infected as there is no discharge or swelling - but it is caked with a bit of fresh blood.
I fixed this issue a couple of hours ago by taking a piece of gauze and placing band aids over that to hold it in place (less sticky than that clear medical grade stuff) and wrapping some self-sticking bandage over that around her - not too tightly of course, and it's holding for now. Is this anything to seriously worry about? They told me to NOT put topical antibiotics onto the wound, but I am very tempted to right now because I know that the rate of infection on something like this is very high - especially when considering the poor quality of care these "low cost" clinics offer, they probably use the same instruments over and over without washing them properly. Anyway, the would is NOT deep anymore and her muscle is not exposed and is mostly healed from what I can tell. So, could I put the ointment on and/or around the wound to keep infection a very low possibility now without complication at this time?
Has anyone ever encountered a problem like this - anyone ever had their cat closed with this "glue"? She is my first female, so I really just don't know what is expected and what is dangerous and needs immediate attention, the clinic didn't really elaborate on this too much and neither did their 1 page care sheet.