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

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

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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / surgery*
  • Cats
  • Dog Diseases / surgery*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Mammary Glands, Animal / surgery
  • Mastectomy / methods
  • Mastectomy / veterinary
  • Surgical Flaps / veterinary*
  • Wound Healing