Get this 12-count box of absorbable sutures with needles for convenient horse wound care and first aid. Long-lasting, polydioxanone monofilament synthetic absorbable sutures retain tensile strength for reliable wound closure. Absorbable sutures naturally break down to streamline healing and pet wound recovery. Includes 12 ct each of 29.5" length of violet 2-0 size sutures and 3/8"(24 mm) cutting needles.
The threadlike material that may be used to close incisions is called "suture" material. The material is generally attached to a semicircular needle. A special instrument called a "needle holder," which is something like a long, small pliers, is used to hold the needle and push it through the tissue.
Absorbable Sutures: Some suture is absorbable, meaning the body will break down the material over the course of a number of weeks. Absorbable sutures are most commonly used for the muscle and subcutaneous layers. This type of material is also used to close the incision in any organs, such as the intestine. Absorbable sutures may also be used to close the skin incision in small animals. The material is actually passed sideways through the layer of skin, so it is not visible once the closure is complete. The advantage of this "intradermal closure" is that it is more difficult for the animal to remove the stitches by licking or scratching at the site. Another advantage is that since the material is absorbable, an appointment to remove the stitches is not necessary.
Nonabsorbable Sutures: Nonabsorbable sutures are not broken down by the body and must be manually removed. These sutures may be made out of nylon, steel, or synthetic materials. Nonabsorbable sutures are commonly used to close an incision in the skin. Stitches made with these materials are very strong.
How to Dispose of Needles and Syringes
Syringes and needles disposed of improperly are a health hazard to humans and animals.
It is important to dispose of all "sharps" appropriately. "Sharps" include needles, lancets, scapel blades, or other medical instruments that could cause a cut or puncture. Disposing of sharps properly protects anyone who might come in contact with your trash from the risk of injury or infection - this includes family members and sanitation workers. Never throw a loose sharp directly into the trash. Sharps should be placed in a rigid, puncture-resistant container with a secure lid immediately after use. Store the sharps container in a secure location, away from children and pets. When the container is full, seal it, and be sure to label it "Sharps." Each community has specific regulations for handling sharps and other medical wastes. Call your local health department or solid waste management system for the regulations in your area.
Please utilize proper disposal of all "Sharps" including needles, lancets, and scalpel blades. Thank you!