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Grace had her staples out on Wednesday and is well on her way to recovery. Yahoo! I was cleaning up the scabs last night, per instruction from the vet, and noticed a scab had grown over a staple and therefore the staple was left behind. I pulled the scab off that part of the wound (I’m supposed to be removing the scabs daily anyhow) and kind of pulled at it and wiggled it a bit. Part of me just wanted to yank it out, and part of me says “go to the vet”. I didn’t pull it out, but was wondering if *in theory* I could do that. What would you do? Is it safe to remove on my own? Can I just pull, or should I use pliers? Am I ridiculous for asking these questions? The vet is practically on my way home from work and my dogs go to work with me, so we’ll be stopping by the vet’s office tonight. I guess I’m just more curious than anything……

 

(I am not one to get squeamish, so if it was safe for me to do this, a little blood wouldn’t stop me.)

 

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Stop by the vet -- they've got a tool that removes them easily.

 

If it's hanging on by a thread, you could just tweak it out, but if it's nicely embedded, better to let them do it.

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We've done our own removal, with instructions from the vet. Actually, Len has, not me. I am too chicken.

Use a manicure scissors. Insert into staple in flat, closed postion. Then open scissors. It will raise and stretch the staple. Or, go to the vet if you are like me and are too chicken.

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I would swing in and let the vet get it out since it was missed. I am definitely squemish but even if I wasn't, I'd still let the vet do it. My grey is a screamer though.

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We removed all of Hannas staples here at home. The vet had given me a removal tool a while back but, of course, I've misplaced it :rolleyes: At any rate...DH did it using needle nose pliers, I think...I'm too squeamish so I just held her and averted my eyes :lol If it just been me here by myself, I'd have swung by the vet to have it done.

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Staples are not hard to remove but much easier with the right tools. You don't want to risk tearing that nice new beautiful skin :P

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I'm too chicken...I've tried on Lewis and Stel and the first time they flinched, I just knew it was causing immense pain and headed to the vet. Stel's were on her muzzle so that may have hurt a little bit but when I watched Sheila take the one's out of Lewis's neck, he never flinched. I think they knew they could get a car ride out of the deal!!!

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You want to press it in the middle so that the two pokey parts are lifted out and up. Like Batmom said, the vets have a simple and easy tool. It takes literally two seconds, so just drop by your vets and let them know. I recommend around lunch hours. The techs are usually bored out of their minds by then ;) LOL

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So what did you do???? I am to chicken for staples. I have taken sutures out of my horse more than once. Would not attempt staples.

The vet is right near my house so we stopped by to see them again. I took Fenway in with me to weigh him too.....he proceeded to lay down across the threshold of the door when we were waiting for Grace and looked at me like I was nuts when I asked him to move to let someone pass. :youcrazy That's my short bus!

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Gabby the Airedale 7/1/18
Forever missing Grace (RT's Grace, 18156/23B), Fenway (not registered, def a greyhound), and Jackson (airedale terrier, honorary greyhound)

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