Postoperative wound healing in canine ovariohysterectomy with a buried continuous subcuticular (BCS) suture pattern was compared with that achieved with the simple interrupted (SI) suture pattern. These two techniques using an absorbable monofilament poliglecaprone 25 suture were evaluated against a nonabsorbable polypropylene monofilament suture in an SI pattern. Although qualitative results indicated that BCS closure initially caused reactivity, by day 10 to 14 wound score was significantly lower than that of the same material used in an SI closure.

COMMENTARY: The BCS closure effects a better cosmetic appearance to the skin and surgical removal of the suture is not necessary, eliminating the requirement for a return visit to the veterinarian.

A comparison of 2 different suture patterns for skin closure of canine ovariohysterectomy. Sylvestre A, Wilson J, Hare J: Can Vet J 43:699-702, 2002.