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Vet Surg. 2018 Apr;47(3):454-458. doi: 10.1111/vsu.12748. Epub 2017 Nov 9.

Use of skin stretchers for single-stage bilateral mastectomies in a dog and a cat.

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Aikawa Veterinary Medical Center, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the application of skin stretchers for closure of single-stage bilateral mastectomies in a dog and a cat.

STUDY DESIGN:

Clinical case report.

ANIMALS:

A 12-year-old intact female Miniature Dachshund and a 13-year-old spayed female domestic short-hair cat.

METHODS:

Skin stretchers were applied to the site of the skin adjacent to mammary glands for 2-4 days before surgery. Cable tension was adjusted every 6-8 hours to elongate the skin and to achieve primary closure of single-stage bilateral mastectomy without tension.

RESULTS:

Wound closure after single-stage bilateral mastectomy was achieved without tension or major complication in both animals.

CONCLUSION:

Use of skin stretchers allows primary closure of single-stage bilateral mastectomy in dogs and cats.

PMID:
29119572
DOI:
10.1111/vsu.12748
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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