We routinely audit postoperative complications for our canine neutering surgery.

Over time, it became clear we were seeing a few castration wounds come back in where the dog had licked both the wound and surrounding area, making it sore to the extent it was delaying healing. In some cases, additional treatment was required.

We then wondered to what extent non-absorbable skin sutures were playing a role. Making the change to using absorbable skin sutures reduced our complication rate significantly – nuff said!

How to bury knots at the start and finish of a subcutaneous suture. Video by John Inns via YouTube

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