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29 October 2002 @ 06:33 am
more surgery  
Finneas has to go back under the knife today. Yesterday he managed to use the edge of his e-collar to rub at his stitches until he made himself bleed. Poor kitty's too smart for his own good. But as my mother always said, everything happens for the best. When we took him to the vet last night, they discovered that the skin around the area of the incision he had gotten to bleed was dead. Apparently that part of the incision wasn't healing right, and was really painful. So now they have to go cut out the dead skin.
Also on a positive note, though we still aren't pleased with this vet, I've been convinced that the ridiculously large incision was really necessary. Since the tumor was in the skin, they had to remove the skin with the tumor. And while skin is flexible, it won't heal properly if you just cut out a hunk and sew it up. In order for it to heal properly the incision has to be 4x as long as it is wide.
On an even more positive note, we got the test results on the tumor, and although it had to come out, as it only would have gotten bigger, it's completely benign.

I promise, this whole journal won't just be about my cats... and now it's time to go to work.
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Jasonwandelrust on October 29th, 2002 07:13 am (UTC)
Glad to hear your cat's ok.

I'm sure your vet knows what he's doing, but they actually have a glue they can use now to keep surgery wounds closed instead of stitches. It has the advantage that you don't have to take the animal back in to get it removed (it dissolves on its own), and it's much harder for the animal to hurt itself or reopen the wound by scratching. But it's possible it can only be used for smaller incisions, or something. Also, you have to accept the fact that they glued your cat shut.