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Old 12-29-2012, 04:51 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Jess - You are such a good Boxer mom! You need to breathe honey! He is fine. Most likely it is some clotted blood mixed with a little tissue. If it doesn't smell, or have pus, or if he's not acting right then I would not worry. In a human, they sometime will insert a drain into a surgical wound to help with the fluid building up. Wounds also heal from the inside out so most likely the deeper part of the incision is healing and is pushing any debris out - the liquid is just a serous fluid. Totally normal. It is not uncommon for an incision to be hard and a little warm while it is healing. Also, if there are lymph nodes nearby they are doing their job by draining the fluid away. The vet is being ultra-conservative and is just prescribing the antibiotic "in case." The chlorhexidine kills gram negative and positive bacteria. It is often used on surgical sites and in the dental world is used to irrigate infected gums.

The poor guy is tired because he feels your stress and healing takes alot of the body's energy. Just baby him. Feed him well and love on him!

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:00 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Here is a video explaining how a wound heals. It's fairly complicated but will give you an idea of what is happening:
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:17 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Thank You so much Roccosmom. You really have made me feel alot better about his incision area. I'm kinda glad they took the sutures out and it is open a little so it can drain out the bad stuff. He seems to be alot happier now that he doesnt have the stitches in and so he doesn't have to wear the head band anymore hehe. He wants to play and it's hard to tell him no but i know its best for him. Thank you for your kind words. I am no longer going on google anymore. It really is depressing.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Default Open Incision Healing

This morning the incision area looked alot better. No more chunks have came out either.
Now it is making a goo in the incision area, its not oozing or anything but it looks like when you have a big cut and the scab is starting to form. It isn't hot to touch and doesn't smell at all either. He is eating and drinking perfectly fine, and keeps wanting to play. Its still pretty inflammed under the incision where they cut out the nodule. I took some pics.
Also I just was tickeling him and checking out his different body areas, and felt a lump its not super hard but not really soft. Kinda inbetween. Its behind his left shoulder blade, on the top of his back, about the size of a nickle and feels like its part of his muscle. it moves around pretty good under the skin. He did have a Rabies shot the morning of surgery. Could it be that? I'm valling the vet in the morning to ask where they gave him the vaccine. I swear it's always something.


Day sutures were removed:
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Day after sutures were removed:
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:50 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I posted my response to this under your other thread. If in doubt, call the vet and ask if they map where they give the injections so they know when the dog is having a reaction. Take care!!
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I posted my response to this under your other thread. If in doubt, call the vet and ask if they map where they give the injections so they know when the dog is having a reaction. Take care!!
Thanks I never know if others see both threads so i added to both. I'm new to these Forums so I don't really know how they work hehe.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:05 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Bolt has been doing AMAZING His Incision is almost completely closed. In the morning it is closed but throughout the day it opens just a little tiny bit. Pics below. He is back to his normal self too! I am soooo relieved. He still has that darn bump on his back. but im pretty sure its from the rabies vaccine because it wasn't there before surgery. Also the swelling has gone way down. almost completely gone! I am so happy. These antibiotics and the solution they gave me to clean out the wound has been working wonders. When I clean the wound out in the morning, it makes a gargle sound when i pat the outer part dry. It's so weird. Throughout the day I make sure it looks good and feel it to make sure its not hot to touch, and when i touch it with a papertowel it makes an air puffing/burping sound. anyways. below are pics of what it looked like this morning than what it looked like throughout the day. Every morning it gets smaller and smaller! I am just so happy he is healing so well. I thought this day would never come. what a long road this has been. Thank You everyone for your kind support, wise words and thoughtful prayers.
It has helped me get through this part in my life, my families life and especially Bolt mans life! He Thanks you all as well

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:10 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Default Catgut suture came out of incision area

All has been well so far with Bolt. He healed up great. The incision area is pretty saggy still and i'm thinking some scar tissue is still in the surgery area. Also, my husband yesterday called me to let me know there were 2 ends of a suture poking out of his skin and a knot was on the end of one of the ends poking out. He tried pulling on it a little and it came right out. he said it was about a little under 2 inches long. He took a picture of it and sent it to me. I attached the pic below.
Anyways, I did read online how dogs can be allergic to their sutures and the body will eventually push the sutures out before they dissolve. Since his surgery was a month ago, and the dissolvable sutures take up to 3 months to dissolve, is it ok that it came out? I am thinking that is why his incision area was so irritated and didn't close when they removed the sutures. And maybe that is why he had some clots come out of the wound opening, his body possibly was forming scar tissue to push the sutures out. Has anyone had this happen to their boxer? Other than that, he has been good. Does anyone have any knowledge on catgut sutures ? Bolt is already an allergy prone dog. He got bit by a bee when he was a puppy and blew up fast, hives all over his body, his face looked like a sharpet. It was very scary but once the vet gave him a shot, it went right down. And when the weather changes we always have to give him benadryl because his hives flare up and he gets all itchy.
Just wondering if anyone has experienced this as well and also wanted to give an update on him!

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When Duke was neutered he had about 3 stitches on his "boys". At about day 11 there was suddenly a big red hard bump right along the incision. We took him to the vet, she removed the stitches and squeezed out the pus. It left a small hole about 1/4" long. It oozed and drained for a couple of days and within 3 days was nicely scabbed up and inflammation was virtually gone. They also gave us antibiotics to help clear up the infection.

I think that the stitches were to blame as well! Although I have no way of backing this up except for how quickly the incision healed after the stitches came out!
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When Duke was neutered he had about 3 stitches on his "boys". At about day 11 there was suddenly a big red hard bump right along the incision. We took him to the vet, she removed the stitches and squeezed out the pus. It left a small hole about 1/4" long. It oozed and drained for a couple of days and within 3 days was nicely scabbed up and inflammation was virtually gone. They also gave us antibiotics to help clear up the infection.

I think that the stitches were to blame as well! Although I have no way of backing this up except for how quickly the incision healed after the stitches came out!
Good to know! Bolts incision healed up really fast after they took the sutures out. Right when they took his outer sutures out, 2 chunks of scar tissue came out.
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