10 to 14 days, according to what I have read, the staples should be removed. I was curious about your question - I have had more than 200 stitches sewn into my body over my lifetime (I must be turning into a garment!), but I have never had staples. Stitches are easy to remove. I went to numerous websites, they all said the same thing: go to your vet to have staples removed. Well, they always told me the same thing at the doctor's office about stitches: you MUST make an appointment to come back and have your stitches removed. Here is ONE thing in life I will say BAH HUMM BUG to! Lol. I don't need an appointment to remove stitches, but I am not sure I would want to try removing staples, at least not without seeing how a doctor or vet does it first. I would be reasonably sure that if you remove metal stitches incorrectly, you risk the possibility of reopening the wound or infection. Sorry I was no help, but it was an interesting search none-the-less.