I have been keeping the bandage on her at night, when I can't watch her to ensure she doesn't scratch or lick, as she did open it again once. But this morning it is completely healed, so I think I can leave it off permanently. She does seem to want to pick play fights though, and I hope one of the others doesn't inadvertently scratch or bite her on the bald skin all around the site.
She is still breathing faster than she should be, by my reckoning, though the vet seemed to think it was all right. Maybe the stitches in her diaphragm are still tight, causing some discomfort? But she is behaving completely normally, so I am probably worrying about nothing. They will Xray her again when she goes for her final checkup in 2 months, so I must just remain calm till then. Thank you again, all of you, I do not know how I would have got through this without the Board.