My neighbour whose poodle was neutered by Dr Vanessa some 3 weeks ago asked me for help yesterday, Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 as he and his wife burned incense and papers to mark the end of the Hungry Ghost Festival.
The dog had 2 undescended testicles removed 3 weeks ago. The PDS stitches - 3 simple interrupted were still present on the right skin. No inflammation. I pulled them up and cut the knot. On tghe left side, some swelling and bleeding. Stitch inflammation and a reddish brown fluid spilled out. I squeezed out the blood and cut off the embedded stitch. Should be OK for the poodle. No need to wear the e-collar.
This is one case study to show that the PDS 2/0 absorbable stitches can hold on for at least 3 weeks. Two weeks to stitch removal usually but with most dogs and cats I sterilised, they don't need to come back for stitch removal as they do dissolve with time. Probably at the 4th week after surgery.