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Suture Materials and Suture Selection for Use in Exotic Pet Surgical Procedures
- McFadden, Michael S.
- Journal of exotic pet medicine 2011 v.20 no.3 pp. 173-181
- medical treatment, pets, surgery, sutures
- Exotic animals are becoming increasingly popular and more exotic pet owners are seeking veterinary care. This has led to a demand for properly trained veterinarians who are capable of providing quality, up-to-date medical and surgical treatments. Many surgeries are now performed on exotic pets, and selection of the appropriate suture material is an important part of the treatment protocol. An understanding of different available suture materials, healing times of different tissues, and knowledge of different anatomic and physiologic characteristics in different species is important in the selection of the most appropriate suture material. This review will summarize important aspects of suture selection in exotic animals.