What to do if I can feel stitches under my dogs skin that haven't dissolved?

asked 2015-08-13 14:06:57 -0500

My dog got a few mammary tumors removed about a year and a half ago, and we can still feel the 'dissolvable' stitches under her skin. Is this normal?

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It can take up to 10-14 days for sutures to dissolve. And the incision can still feel "lumpy" after that. Scar tissue, scanning, etc. But if you are concerned with the healing after those 2 weeks, you should probably visit your vet to make sure all is well.

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answered 2015-08-13 16:10:53 -0500

What you're feeling is likely scar tissue rather than the stitches. It's common to feel a raised or bumpy area along the suture line where harder scar material has sealed the gap.

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answered 2017-02-23 16:52:50 -0500

I highly doubt it's the stitches, and most likely just cartilage build-up from the surgery. I wouldn't be concerned!

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answered 2017-02-23 16:01:24 -0500

As long as your veterinarian used disposable stitches, they have dissolved and you may feel scar tissue bumps. However, I had a dermatologist who "accidentally" left a suture in my for a surgery once! Never hurts to ask!

Marie S., M.S.Ed

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answered 2017-02-23 17:06:49 -0500

It may not be stitches at all. It could be scar tissue that has hardened. Your best bet is to have your vet check it out to be sure.

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