How to stitch without thread nor staple

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Some of you wondered to see that the veterinarian had closed my section with some glue during my spay. Here are some precision :

  • The suture with glue began to be used in the 1960s shortly after the discovery of the glue cyanoacrylate.
  • This glue has a very high adhesive power, and its residues are totally biocompatible.
  • It’s liquid and polymerizes in the contact of water (in my case, the water contained in my skin) to form a flexible film.
  • Various formulae of cyanoacrylate glue were developed for a purely medical use : better support, ease of use, flexibility raised once polymerized.
  • We use this glue to close small little deep wounds.

Our veterinarian uses it since a few years for the cutaneous sutures of sterilization of cats and for the cutaneous sutures of small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, …). For the sterilizations, he makes an abdominal suture with thread, then closes the skin over with the glue.

Advantages:

  • The suture with glue avoids that I pull or chew away my sutures.
  • The film of glue forms a coat of protection against bacteria and other dirts.

Inconveniences:

  • The scar is a little less attractive at the beginning, although the final result is identical to that of a suture with thread : that, it’s true, we would have said that I had a relief human navel ! But now, I have again a beautiful small belly (hair are only still missing).
  • If the wound must be reopened, it is not practical of the whole.

Here we are, you know everything ! Admire the result after two weeks : Pixie127

24 thoughts on “How to stitch without thread nor staple

  1. Bev Green

    Pixie looking great! glue is used very commonly in peeps here too 🙂 especially children who would otherwise need stitches..Pickles fur is slowly growing back from her operation but she neds her bloods done again on Friday .so shave again I think 🙂 hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

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  2. Carma Poodale

    In our spay/neuter clinic we use glue too. Our vet sews up the inside portion , puts one or two stitches on the outside and then puts glue over the incision. This stops the stitch from getting caught on things like blankets and keeps out any foreign particles like dirt or grass. When my dad had a surgery at the hospital they also used glue for the same purpose.
    Thank you for explaining to others what the glue does. Its even good for small cuts that humans and pets may get.
    Wednesdays Wags!

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  3. Timmy Tomcat

    Dad says they had just got this in at the ER where he worked when he left because of his accident. Really neat stuff and very handy for face cuts as no scar.
    You are looking just all better with that cute little belly Pixie
    We want to Snorgle it! SNORGLE SNORGLE
    Timmy and Dad

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  4. Deztinee High

    Oh No Pixie, yous scaw will be much less than dat of da stitchy kind. And yous scaw will lay flat. Weez luv da glue, but da vet at da low cost clinin where me wuz dun used da old fashioned needle and fwead. But wiff all meez fur nopawdy can see meez scaw anyways. MOL Yous lookin’ all good and healed up welly well.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi

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  5. Kitties Blue

    Mom remembers at least a couple of us having the glue instead of stitches. Now that most vets are doing the spay and neuter surgery so much earlier, the last three of us had already had our surgery and healed before we were adopted. We can hardly even see where your incision was, Pixie. Calista Jo sends Zorro a kiss. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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