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From: Steph
Date: 2001-07-31 05:20:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] skin glue; wow

I had one ferret who was more likely to take out stitches
than staples and another that was more likely to take out
staples than stitches. On one of my ferrets, who had a very
bad reputation at the clinic, a mattress stitch was used.
These were disovable stitches placed so they were not exposed
to the open. One long piece of suture is used with one knot
just at the end, which is fairly well hidden. I never had any
problems with this method. I have not had the skin glue used
on any of my ferrets yet, but have seen it used on numerous
cats and dogs at the clinic for very small incisions.
Take care,
----- Original Message -----
From: - Z -
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2001 9:39 PM

Skin glue: Sukie posted recently about using skin glue on
Seven-- I
would like to add that from an owner's perspective, skin
glue is
great stuff. It makes the incision look _hideous_, like
it's gone
moldy (the glue my vet uses has a greenish-blue tinge), but
you can
sleep a little easier at night knowing that there aren't
stitches to
be ripped out or chewed on. In my experience (three or four

surgeries), by the time the glue is flaking off the incision
healed substantially.

As a side note to that, in post-surgery care I've always
used those
foil disposable cookie trays lined with newspaper or a
little litter
for litter pans-- they have enough of an edge that they
messes, but the edge is low and rounded so the ferret's
belly can
pass over safely. The trays can be somewhat noisy so this
may work
better with deaf ferrets :)

Wow: I've been enourmously busy since Thursday and just
caught up on
several days' worth of FHL digests this evening. Although I
love the
learning, in many ways it was brutal to read all the sad
even when they had happy outcomes. I say "wow" to all the
vets who
deal with these situations day in and day out, and then take
the time
to deal with it some more on the internet in their spare
time. I am
humbled by your humanity and say thank you.


Regina Harrison or

Gossamer into Spiderweb: new, moved, and mightily improved:

nothing but future ruins
the material for the next layer

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