What happens if a dog pulls stitches out?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

If your dog manages to pull out any of its stitches, it is important to take immediate action. Call your veterinarian as soon as possible to inform them of the situation and seek their advice. They will be able to guide you on the next steps to take.

When it comes to the appearance of the wound, it is important to note that a clean wound with the edges together is ideal. The skin around the wound should be a normal or slightly reddish/pink color. Any signs of excessive redness, swelling, discharge, or a foul odor may indicate an infection or other complications and should be a cause for concern.

When assessing the wound, you can gently examine it to see if any stitches are missing or if there are any signs of the wound reopening. It is essential to do this carefully to avoid causing further damage or discomfort to your dog. If you notice any abnormalities or if the wound looks significantly different from how it did immediately after the surgery, it is crucial to contact your veterinarian.

In some cases, a dog may be able to remove a stitch without any major consequences. However, it is always better to err on the side of caution and seek professional advice. Your veterinarian may want to examine the wound and potentially restitch it if necessary. They may also prescribe antibiotics or other medications to prevent or treat any potential infections.

It is important to prevent your dog from licking or scratching at the wound to minimize the risk of further damage or infection. Your veterinarian may recommend using an Elizabethan collar or other protective measures to prevent your dog from accessing the area.

Remember, every situation is unique, and it is always best to consult with your veterinarian for specific guidance based on your dog’s individual circumstances. They will be able to provide the most accurate advice and recommendations to ensure your dog’s well-being and proper wound healing.