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19 April 2012 - 8:31 pm
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So we are 2 weeks and 2 days post op. Got stitches out yesterday. Easing back in to normal routine with shorter outside times. Just got everyone in to go to bed and  CHeeto has torn open his incision. It appears it is just the verytop layer, the skin. It is at the top maybe about 1/2 and inch long. UGH! He is in his crate and the only thing I could think of to do was tie 2 knee socks together as kind of a bandage to put a little pressure, hold it together and a shirt over it. I dont think it rises to evet urgency and I have a barium swallow study in the morning 🙁 anyone have this happen?

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19 April 2012 - 8:50 pm
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Hi Cheeto

Why are you scaring your mummy like this! I don't have any knowledge of this. So there is no blood? I guess if it was an emergency it would probably be obvious (blood or something). Will he be able to get to the vet in the morning?

Once my dog's skin was completely torn off the underlying muscle, an encounter with a male deer's antler, about 4" x 5". It looked horrible, but it wasn't punctured into the muscle itself so wasn't as bad as it looked. That waited until morning (rural area with no emergency vet).

Maybe see if anyone is on 'chat' for assistance. Good luck!!!!

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19 April 2012 - 8:58 pm
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no blood a little pinky fluid. I am very rural too. Gonna keep mr bouncy butt crated except for potty breaks!

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19 April 2012 - 9:02 pm
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Roman developed a seroma at the base of his incision that took a month to heal he went through 3 t shirts a day , it was really oozy and looked awful It got to be about 2 inches in diameter at it's worst. A pulled stitch doesn't sound like an emergency if it's not bleeding. Keep it clean and make him an appt for tomorrow.

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19 April 2012 - 9:04 pm
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We were doing so well.................................................They took the stitches out yesterday . Think he will have to be re-stitched? We had to muzzle to get them out! Ugh Ugh Ugh

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20 April 2012 - 9:16 am
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Couldn't get on the site last night. Hope things look better this a.m. Were you able to call the vet and see what they think?

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20 April 2012 - 9:37 am
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I think I over reacted. It appears rest and my tubesock bandage worked. It has a nice little scab and looks fine. We are back on crate rest ,probably for another week just because he can not contain himself!

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20 April 2012 - 2:57 pm
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Glad to hear he is better! 

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20 April 2012 - 3:01 pm
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Whew! That's a relief! Silly Cheeto. 

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20 April 2012 - 3:21 pm
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Well, well, well Mr. Bouncy Butt! Gone and got yourself on crate rest did ya? Try to calm down some for a bit so you can heal up little man. Then you can get your wiggles out! 

Valentina had that same thing happen in a couple of different places on her incision line at different times. One time it was well after I thought the incision was totally healed together. I didn't take her to the vet but I called them and they said to just keep an eye on it and keep it clean also. Both times it healed back together with no problems. I think your sock idea was a pretty good one. I am always coming up with makeshift ideas to fix Doggie problems and they usually work pretty well. 

Good luck keeping Mr. Bouncy Butt still so he can get healed up!

 

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20 April 2012 - 3:51 pm
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Went and got some gauze and vet tape (in a pretty purple) so he is all bandaged, in the crate and really ticked off. Poor Baby 🙁

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21 April 2012 - 10:54 am
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That should do the trick! Good Luck!

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We are back on leash walking too and it is so funny because now he thinks he is supposed to go for a ride everytime we go out the front door. He heads straight for the car and sits his but down. He is turning into quite the little diva.

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