Post # 1
My dog had a lumpectomy on November 13, 2012 so over 2 months ago. They put dissolvable interior stitches, so nothing could be seen from the outside, nor did anything have to be removed.
I had the cone on her for 2 weeks, then I had her wear her softshell jacket another 2 weeks since the sleeves come down to her elbows. It scabbed up, but she must have been liking it too much even after a month. If I saw her licking in between I’d put the jacket on her or say, “No lickey.”
One of the loops is popping through her skin. I just saw this today! Have you ever seen this?
I’m sending these photos to the vet tomorrow. Has anyone experienced this? What are the options?
Post # 3
Is the very top portion of the incision open from her licking? The majority of the incision is healed, if you think the suture poking out is bothering her and causing her to lick it more your vet may want to snip the end poking out. Otherwise you could just leave it, depending on the type of suture they used it could take up to 6 months to dissolve completely.
Post # 4
I noticed today two loops are poking out! Apparently it’s normal, but we’re going to go in tomorrow to get them snipped and pulled out. I don’t want to do it myself!
Post # 5
@sienna76: This happened to my dog after her lumpectomy, and it’s also happened after a different surgery. It looked exactly like the ones in your picture. The vet said that they’re internal dissolvable stitches that are working their way out prior to dissolving. I just pulled them out myself with scissors and tweezers, but I do that with all her stitches. She requires a lot of stitches, though, for one thing or another so I have just gotten used to it.