internal sutures and surgical glue vs. external sutures
I took my two 7 month old kittens to my vet to be spayed yesterday. I made the appt about a month ago and when I did I asked if the vet would use internal sutures and surgical glue because I preferred it. I had a cat spayed about a year ago and they used the external sutures and it was horrible. I couldnt' use an e-collar (plastic or cloth) on her because she went nuts and ran into things and was so active she almost tore her stiches. So they suggested buying a newborn sized onesie and putting her in that so she couldn't lick the stiches. I tried that and while it was hiliarious trying to get a 7 lb cat into a onesie (with modifications made to it) the cat did not find this amusing and therefore it did not work.
I am gone about 10 hours per day so I couldnt' keep any eye on her and on day three she started chewing her stiches out. I had to take her back to the vet to have some of the sutures redone! And then when we got home she chewed those out as soon as she could as well. Even though it had to hurt! The vet really scared me because he told me she could bleed to death if she removed the stiches. (even though they use internal sutures as well) We kept her in our bedroom for two weeks to keep an eye on her.
A few months ago one of my foster kitties was spayed through the shelter. THey used internal sutures and surgical glue and I had NO problems. She licked the area a little bit but never had any trouble with the incision and it was so easy and less stressful to the cat. She was fine in about two days. So I asked the shelter vet why she prefers this method and she said for one there are no sutures to remove (no return visits) and the animals don't bother the incision site as much (as with external sutures).
So when I made my appt. I asked if one of the vets preferred this method and the girl told me that today most vets do this and I asked her to check (there are six vets there) because last year they did not use this method. She had already scheduled an appt. for me but said she would call me back. She checked with the vets and called me back and said they only had ONE vet that used this method (a new vet) and she had to change my appt. so the surgery could be performed by this specific vet. She gave me a new later appt. date and yesterday I brought my cats in for surgery.
Before i left I asked (just to make sure) which dr. was performing the surgery and they gave me the name of a vet I've seen before but not the one I was orginally told was doing the surgery. I advised that I'd specifically asked for a certain vet because I wanted the cats to have internal sutures and surgical glue. They looked in the computer and there WAS a note stating this. I advised the receptionist (vet tech) that if the vet was not comfortable doing this to please call me and I'd pick my cats up and take them elswhere or reschedule the appt. I left my cell number.
Never heard from the vet so I thought everthing was fine. Went to pick my cats up last night and the vet tech was going over the after-care instructions and said the cats would need to come back in 10-14 days for suture removal. I said "wait a minute, they have external sutures?" and she said yes, why and I told her that I'd left instructions that they were to have surgical glue and she just looked at me and rudely said "well that's not what happened" SHe went to talk to the vet and I was seething mad and she came back and told me that they did have internal sutures and surgical glue "BUT that is not SAFE, that is not the proper way to close an incision and the doctor did not feel comfortable doing that" She also told me that I'd have to watch the cats very closely as "just a few licks of the surgical glue and they can split the incision right open"
Does this make any sense? i thought the surgical glue and internal sutures were safer or sturdier than the external sutures? Aside from my vet's office being incompentent and irritating as normal do I need to worry that they will rip open their incisions?