Clients routinely come in to have their pet’s skin staples removed and ask, “are you going to sedate them to take those out?”. Our answer 99% of the time is, “no”. Staples may look scary to the untrained eye but using them holds many benefits and there is a special tool that takes them out without any discomfort to the patient. As a matter of fact, the FDA states that skin staples can benefit patients in the following ways;
• Quick placement.
• Minimal tissue reaction.
• Low risk of infection.
• Strong incision/ wound closure.
This means that our animal patients that get staples while having surgery have less time under anesthesia, less risk of having incisional complications, and they get the same great care, if not better, than their human care givers. This also means that there may be reduced costs due to less complications following a surgical procedure.
If you are having anxiety over having your pet’s staples removed, check out our YouTube playlist below to see some animal patients having staples removed. We hope these videos will help lessen your stress and understand why and how skin staples are beneficial.