For many surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These will dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed later. Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do require skin stitches. With either type of suture, you will need to keep an eye on the incision for swelling or discharge. Many dogs and cats will lick or chew at the incision following surgery. To prevent this from occurring we may send home an E-Collar for your pet to wear until the surgery site has healed. If there are skin sutures, these will need to be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery. Please restrict your pet’s activity level until sutures are removed and do not bathe your pet for 10 days after surgery.