If Your Cat is Spayed and the Wound Heals Oddly, What do you Do?


Anyone who has had a cat spayed knows that this isn’t exactly a small piece of surgery.  It’s actually a much bigger deal than most people think.   Most people think that you take your cat to the vet, he/she gets spayed, comes home and is “fixed.” And most experience vets can do the surgery in minutes.  However, that doesn’t mean it’s simple work.

It is not exactly normal for the skin to come apart after surgery. However, when it does it usually represents a very minor complication. It is not uncommon for a small gap to develop in the skin of a healing spay incision. As long as there is no discharge and the surrounding skin is not discolored or malodorous, a small gap will likely heal without intervention. Remember that the deeper layers have also been sutured (most often using dissolvable suture material), which will help to hold the incision together.

So remember, when you think you need to put on a Neosporin or any other topical cream your best bet is to leave it alone.  These products will do little if anything.   Your best bet is to visit your vet to reexamine the incision.  Most times you can leave your cat alone knowing it will heal properly.   If serious enough an antibiotic might be required but you should all be good to go!

Tips provided by Dr. Barchas.

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