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Unread 08-20-2007, 03:18 PM   #1
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We recently had to have our dog's eye removed. That was 14 days ago. We were instructed to have the stitches removed after 2 weeks, but we are broke and can't afford the bill. Does anyone have experience removing sutures at home?

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Unread 08-20-2007, 03:33 PM   #2
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Hello olmsteadrl and welcome to the forum.
I am sorry to hear about your dog's eye problem and your money problems.
But I would think that the vet would remove the stitches for free as it would be included in the cost of the operation which your dog has already had?
If you need to remove them yourself of course you can probably do it with a pair of small scissors to cut the suture material and tweezers to yanks out the shreds.
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I don't think I would try to remove the stitches myself. You may want to ask the vet if he or she has a payment plan and could perhaps work with you on how to pay for the bill. If you can't get the stitches out soon there is a chance that the wound will heal with the thread permanently stuck in there. As this is the eye it will be disfiguring, but should not cause long term problems. Try talking to the vet about your situation and see what can be arranged before trying to pull the stitches yourself.

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I'd call and ask if the stitch removal was part of the original cost. Ming's surgery cost included both follow-up visits including the x-ray.
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Yes, it is customary to include the cost of stitch removal with the original bill. I've removed stitches myself on several occasions; however, I've only done it with spay or c-section stitches. I'm reluctant to give advice as there may be some medical reason for the vet to take a look before stitches are removed.
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Thank you all for your suggestions and comments. The reason I am asking is because we had the surgery done over 120 miles from home while on vacation. We can't get back up there for some time. The local vets want to charge since they didn't do the surgery. We have been waiting for several of them to call us back after they talk to their doc.

We may be able to get back up there just before labor day weekend, but are concerned about keeping them in that long. She is 13 yrs old (her vet says she has the heart and lungs of a teenager), and is a certified service dog. Her comfort means everything to us.

I tried to take them out with suture sheers we received from the doctor, but it is difficult and we don't feel competent enough to do it without hurting her, or without proper advice from someone that has done it.

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Have you considered calling a local shelter and asking them for help? or even a low cost spay-neuter clinic? Or even just pleading your case to a vet tech at the nearest clinic? I would think that if you tell them about your dog & your financial situation, there might be somebody who would step up & offer to assist you.
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Did you explain the situation to your regular vet? Most vets worth their salt are willing to make payment arrangements. And having the sutures removed shouldn't cost an arm and a leg either.

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We will try what you all suggest - will update you later. Thank you for caring!

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Good luck & I'll look forward to hearing good news!
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