Mukki came home from surgery with an Elizabethan Collar, which he quickly learned to use as a battering ram on me after he realized that blocking my path wasn’t getting me to remove it! After being unable to sleep Rich removed it at 3:30 am and Mukki took the opportunity to quickly scrape his stitches open on the carpet, sigh!
Our wonderful vet is also a fan of natural wound healing and told em to watch out for heavy bleeding or infection and in the absence of those, just let it heal on it’s own. The itchy madness caused by healing kept Mukki occupied enough to ignore the more sensitive area under his eye, where another tumor was removed. A week after, he did manage to tear the last stitch, his eye filled with blood and he ran to mommy (lucky me) I held a witch hazel soaked facecloth to his eye and cleaned up the blood and stopped the bleeding. For the rest of the day we repeated this a few times, but then it was okay.
In college, I was constantly in awe of the beauty and logic of our body’s natural processes. I hated memorizing them but learning them was fascinating. The immune system took my breath away! It is well worth the effort to Google “wound healing” and “natural wound healing” -it is very interesting stuff!
Basically, the body responds to a wound by sending in the white blood cells who lay down their lives by gobbling up germs and debris, dead cells and tissue. These bloated cells die and form the scab. The scab keeps outside germs from coming inside. The scab in the wild is often rubbed off, we all know how itchy healing is, same with the dogs! The dog or his buddies will lick the wound and keep it clean, the body will beginning healing -from the inside out and form scar tissue. Eventually the wound closes. In natural wound healing, the skin does not heal over an unhealed area of tissue, which might contain a little infection, as might happen with stitches.
If stitches are applied in a sterile area and with sterile techniques, to an area well, cleaned of any bacterias, the wound will heal faster and quicker and leave virtually no scar tissue since we have taken that step out of the equation.
With dogs as active as a siberian husky, the stitched wound will be aggravated, rubbed and scratched -and very likely introduced to bacterias that can not be reached by tongue or air. These leaves the job to the white blood cells which eventually form puss, swelling and heat. (heat is how our body kills bacteria and viruses) This will need to be lanced, restitched and treated with antibiotics. This can become a long process.
So, I prefer when possible to allow the body to heal itself when ever possible, I choose this with my own body as well.
UPDATE: Wound completely healed in four weeks! No scar! Nothing to see but I did have to cut off a big furry scabby gross snarl…