Our cat was spayed about three weeks ago and the
surgery incision seems infected. It drains a little and there's a
bump where the stitches were.
this go away on its own or should I take it back to the vet? She
seems to feel OK and only licks at it to clean it.
Infected surgical incision
in a dog
after a spay surgery
The short answer is, yes,
take it to the veterinarian right away! Usually when an incision is
healing properly there will be little evidence of any surgery at the
incision site. Infected surgery incisions can be serious, often
requiring surgery to debride scar tissue buildup and removal of
contaminated sutures. Antibiotics by themselves may not correct the
infected surgical incision.
Below are a few
common reasons for surgical incision infections:
bacterial contamination of surgery instruments
contamination of suture material
bacteria through the incision
client to follow post operative recommendations about keeping the patient
quiet and the surgical incision clean
immune competence of the patient
of blood supply at surgery site
veterinarian right away to have your cat's infected incision
checked. Sometimes all that's needed is to remove a subcutaneous
stitch that's initiating a reaction. Other times, a thorough
clean-up of the area is required such as is shown in the images
below. There will be more info on this topic coming soon.
Always be clear about the post
surgical instructions for your dog or cat. Keeping the pet
confined... quiet... under control is imperative for proper healing to
Cleaning the incision
Unless otherwise instructed do not bathe or
clean the incision. If skin stitches are present they must be
removed in about 10 to 14 days.
There are no products or methods to
effectively and safely repel fleas and ticks; someday soon there may
be. DEET products that humans apply to clothing can be quite toxic
Safe anti-tick products are available from your
veterinarian but none actually repel/prevent ticks from getting on your
dog! They work only after the parasites contact the oil layer of
the dog's skin.