|Barked: Wed Dec 8, '10 9:05am PST |
|Rstricted activity is ok (IE leashed walks) and can be increased each day if they are tolerating it. Mental stimulation is good for keeping them from going crazy too.
10 days is the minimum - I usually say 14days for healing to be complete enought to start vigerous excercise.
Also keep in mind that the incision gets the most irritating/itchy feeling at about the 7-10d mark. So be extra cautious at this time for potential to chew open incision. Many times owners get lax because the dog has been fine (not chewing or licking) but then goes crazy at this point because healing is very very itchy feeling. I always reccomend an e-collar when you are not directly supervising (they can chew out sutures in the time it takes to answer the door in the other room, or check on the laundry or check a roast) them to be safe. Licking can cause healing process to be longer, irritation/reactivity to suture material and swelling. Chewing out the sutures can cause infection or even need to be anesthesized again.
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