If your pet has had surgery they likely have had stitches or sutures placed on their body at site of the injury. Your pet may feel irritation from them and scratch or bite at them. The tear in stitches can cause an infection in the wound and will need to be fixed as soon as possible. It is important to minimize activity and discourage your pet from jumping and licking at their surgery site for at least 5-7 days. If notice any of the symptoms below, seek immediate veterinary care.