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Old October 3rd, 2010, 09:17 AM
ZoeyLove ZoeyLove is offline
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Unhappy Post Spay Care

Hello,
this is my first day on your forum. I hope I am posting in the correct location.

I am a Canadian living in Germany and was referred to a vet through my husbands work.

I have a 5 mth old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I took her to be spayed on Friday. When I picked her up the Vet was leaving the office, she did not stop to speak to me and did not give post surgery care advice. The receptionist did not speak much english ( the vet does) and she was unable to answer most of my questions. She just said for me to take the bandage off in 3 days and to come back in 10 days for suture removal. I asked if there was certain post op care I should do for the incision. She seemed confused and said no. So today I tried to take off the 'bandage'. It was actually a piece of strong and very sticky tape. This tape was stuck to the incision, to the sutures, the surrounding skin and fur. It took me almost an hour to remove the tape as it was very painful for my little pup and she was nervous, so I have her little breaks. I had to use soap on a wet Q-tip to loosen the gluey side of the tape from her skin and in a couple areas it tore the skin and made it bleed a little. I would have just left the tape, but I noticed as I started that the incision was very dirty with debris. I wanted to free the tape in order to gently clean the area. Now there is still a lot of glue from the tape that is matting together the surrounding fur. The incision is covered with this greenish blue substance and dirt is sticking to it and the surrounding fur is stained dark orange. So I have her wearing a light shirt now that is covering the area but is made of a material that is not sticking to the glue. I am mortified when looking at this mess. Is this post op condition normal? I thought the incision would be kept very clean. I have read online that I should not get the incision wet so I have not actually cleaned it well. My pup is not in any pain right now, and the incision does not look sore. However I am concerned about the glue mating the fur together around the sutures and all the dirt and debris that has gathered on the glue. I want the area to be clean and hygienic. And I want to know if this is a normal post op condition. I have a feeling it isnt and I am obviously worried. I would appreciate any advice or opinions.

Thanks

Zoey's mama
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