Incision Care

Track the recovery of your pet below.
Below is an assortment of pictures displaying below average, average, and above average incisional healing. Here are a few things to remember while the incision is healing.

  • You must prevent your pet from licking or chewing the incision site. Licking or chewing at the incision may cause premature removal of the sutures and/or incisional site infection, both of which may require a second procedure to repair.  Unless otherwise instructed by your veterinary surgeon, an E-collar must be in place at all times when your pet is not under your immediate supervision.

  • It is completely normal for swelling to develop around the ankle approximately 3-5 days following surgery on the leg the TPLO was performed on.  This swelling can be massaged if it occurs.  It will go down over the course of a few days.

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