Initially it is not a good idea to get stitches wet in the bath or shower. You get stitches when the skin has be cut and during the initial stages of healing, it can disturb some of the fragile structures that are trying to form to aid in the healing. Washing or rinsing the site where the stitches are can remove antibiotics that have been applied to the site to protect it. Although the shower or bath water may be pretty sanitary, it still can introduce some pathogens - bath water more than showers. More importantly though, if antibiotics have been washed away, the environment around you is loaded with pathogens that now have an easier time getting a start at infecting the site of the stitches. Last, but not least, getting the stitches wet means you are also drying out the skin around them. The skin around the stitches is already damaged and removing the natural protections like the natural oils produced by the skin.
I suppose it should go without saying that if the stitches are the kind that are designed to dissolve over time then you REALLY don't want them to get wet and dissolve ahead of schedule.
If possible, a bath is better because the stitches can be kept out of the water easily. If a shower is necessary, putting a plastic shopping bag or clingfilm/wrapping plastic around the stitches and sealing the bag/plastic with tape will protect the stitches for about 10 minutes.
Ask you surgeon, it depends if the material used to suture was dissolvable or not.
They are loose, long stitches that are designed to hold the fabric in place until you can put in the real stitches - they're also called basting stitches.
I would wait until the stitches dissolve (or are removed by your vet).
Until the stitches are taken off and healed.
Until the doctor tells you they can be removed. They will inform you of this fact when you get the stitches. If you weren't listening, call their office and they will let you know.
External stitches shouldn't get wet as long as you have them. Wait until they're removed.
Until the stitches have been removed.
As long as your doctor says so. In order to to avoid infection, it is advisable to keep them covered until the doctor removes them. Keep your stitches clean, and protect the wound as much as you can until healed.
They are basting stitches which can easily be taken out at a later time. they are longer than the normal stitches
The most basic temporary hand stitch is call basting. It is a long, straight stitch to hold the fabrics together in place until the permanent stitches are placed.
It really depends on why the stitches were in there. If the stitches were there due to surgical implication i.e. fracture bone, ligament or tendon rupture, then you need to go through an appropriate amount of physical therapy to gain motion and strength back to the foot and ankle. If the stitches were there because you cut your foot on something, once the stitches come out, as long as the skin is closed you can play football. If you are worried, you can use krazy glue on the area that had the stitches or place a bandage on the area. I have had athletes play with stitches on as long as the area was well padded and bandaged up.
Doctors recommend avoiding swimming while you have stitches. You should wait until the wound has healed and the stitches are removed.