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  • I adopted a pair of female puppies, 3 months of age, yesterday from a PetsMart adoption event. Both were already spayed and still had their stitches. My wife noticed that one of the puppies' stitches are weeping a clear fluid with traces of blood. Is this normal? What should we look for that would be of true concern? Also, both puppies are very shy and guarded when indoors with us, but when let out in the backyard they are perky, excited and seem more at ease. Will this change? We would like the dogs to be indoor/outdoor dogs and hope to have them be less afraid of us and more social. Thoughts or ideas?

    I recommend that you take both puppies to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. The spay incision should not be leaking any fluid. It can be a sign of infection at the site of the incision. Your veterinarian can let you know what may be causing the weeping. It is also important that you have both puppies checked out to make sure that they are healthy and up to date on their preventive care.

    The best thing that you can do for the long term health of your puppies is to have a good relationship with your veterinarian and keep them up to date on their preventive care. Your veterinarian can also give you some tips to help with their socialization.

    I also recommend that you talk to the trainers in the PetSmart store. They can work with you on socializing the puppies. Congratulations on your new puppies!

    Need more information or advice?

    Contact your nearest Banfield Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment today.


Need more information or advice?

Contact your nearest Banfield Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment today.

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Spay/Neuter