When we treat a pet for any ailment, surgery is always the last resource. No owner would like to have their loved one go through that. Sometimes, however, surgery is the only way to ensure the animal’s recovery. As veterinarians, we aim to grant all our patients a long, quality life without making them suffer unnecessarily.
For that reason, when we operate on a pet our goal is to cure with minimal trauma.
One way of making recovery easier and more comfortable are intradermic sutures. This is when surgery, for us, becomes an art: The beauty of leaving everything as we found it, or as it would have been: tidy, without alterations, and with the minimal scar possible.
Intradermic stitches do not hurt, and the thread dissolves on its own. Therefore, patients do not need an annoying vet collar to prevent them from nibbling their wounds.
An added benefit is esthetics: This kind of suture does not leave a scar. It prevents bulks of tissue from growing around the wound — eventually causing trouble —, and your pet will remain as pretty as ever!
For us, it is most important that before, during, and after surgery our patients are comfortable, and suffer the least possible pain. For that reason, we use advanced protocols of anesthesia and sedation, use progressive surgical techniques and, afterwards, we prescribe the most suitable analgesics for each case.
Usually the patients can go home on the same day. If the surgery is done in the evening — to the owners’ convenience, or because it is an emergency — we recommend always that the pet stays overnight in our 24/7 hospitalization room. This way we can monitor closely their evolution during the crucial hours of recovery.