We just had the same thing done to a rhodesian ridgeback. our vet did not splint the wound, and the stitches opened up and now there is a 2 in diameter hole. The surrounding skin is not connected to the underlying muscle fascia...which is necessary to facilitate wound healing/closure/granulation...so we're going to immobilize the leg with a splint as best we can in hopes that the tissues will start to reconnect and facilitate the hole closing from the edges of the wound towards the center via epitheliazation and subsequent scar formation/granulation of the fascia/epithelium...we just don't know how long it will take...
assuming we accomplish the objective of drastically limiting leg/skin movement, how long should we expect this process to take?
Thanks in advance.