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10 September 2018
So, we are 11 days post op with our Rottie, Jager. He had been recovering pretty well, until 3 days ago. He started having some drainage, not a lot, at the bottom area of his incisions. Then the next morning, it was a lot! We took him into our vet and she kept him there over the weekend. The drainage has been excessive IMO. They have been applying pressure bandages but it is still happening. This morning, when they changed his bandage, it had soaked through. My question is, how much drainage should be happening at this point? I’m starting to get concerned and I’m hoping this is all pretty normal? Help!
25 April 2007
Hi Cindy and Jager. I’m looking forward to seeing what Dr. Pam thinks about this, you ask a great question. I hope the drainage slows down, that’s definitely a challenging, icky situation!
22 August 2008
If it is a clear to pink-tinged fluid then that is a seroma and is common in larger dogs following an amputation. The muscle ends leak fluid and it has to go somewhere so it seeps from the incision. Pressure wrapping daily often works but if the fluid is in a large pocket your vet may need to place a drain.
If the fluid is fairly bloody then there might be an oozing blood vessel and sometimes a second surgery is required. Also be on the lookout for a smelly yellow discharge which would indicate infection.