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Suture Basics

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In this brief video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to decipher suture size and material.

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Tricia Snyder's picture

This will be very useful for my staff that is just learning. Great site!

Megan Brashear's picture

Thanks Tricia, that's great to hear! It's easy to forget how much info we take for granted, like understanding the suture labeling... Let us know what else your staff wants to know!

leslie welker's picture

Odd question, but why all the different colors of suture material?

Nancy Olson's picture

Megan is it Ott I know that is zero but why don't the vets just say like 0-2 with cutting and disovable? More less is itt Ott or is it every spelled out in the surgery notes?

Rachel Medo's picture

Hi Nancy,

Thanks for submitting your question!

Yes, you are correct that ott=zero. Commonly, saying "Ott", "2-Ott" and so forth is how many veterinarians learn in school to describe and ask for certain types of suture. Here at DoveLewis, surgeons will specify if they want cutting versus taper just by verbal instruction. Most commonly, they will request taper and verbally specify when they want cutting instead. Does that help answer your question?

Feel free to email me directly at if I can help with anything else.