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Old 11-16-2012, 11:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I didn't try the harness, maybe I'll give it a go when my daughter gets home. My hubby was trying to help, he's not very good at squirming puppies!!!
Definitely try it with the harness on. Gustave could also take it off unless we tied the yellow harness thing around his chest.


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Deb, try the Soft-E-Collar, size ? maybe XS as Kitzel uses small. I also have the Pro-Collar but like the Soft-E-Collar best---it is actually very comfortable. Texas A & M Vet hospital had it on him when I picked him up (I think we were charged about $17) and he never fussed a bit. If you look back at my posting you will see a pix of it.
I used Bitter Apple on the onesie & let it dry before putting it on Kitzi for his neuter.
He did manage to get one of the stitches out---but then I didn't have a good collar!
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Gus was a cone-dini ... He got out of all teh cones or managed to contort his body in strange positions. I even double coned him, tried the donut and a cone.... nothing worked.

The taste deterrent... may work. But if they are really bothering him, I don't think a taste deterrent would stop him.

I ended up having to use the female diaper covers on him. They are not tight at all in that area - a little poofy, in fact. I'd keep a diaper cover on him and a donut cone. It worked well for us.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:54 PM   #14 (permalink)
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What kind of stitches did your vet use? My vet used internal stitches so they told me a collar wasn't really necessary. I had gotten one, but Bailey hated it.

Some of the older vets still use the metal sutures which have to be removed ten days later. They have to wear a collar with those.
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Kitzel had internal stitches on his last knee surgery & still they put the cone on him so he would not chew on the wound. I was told it would be a very bad scene if he did that, so kept the cone on. Lisi was allergic to the internal stitches (she had both) & would have chewed her belly w/out a cone.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:35 PM   #16 (permalink)
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What kind of stitches did your vet use? My vet used internal stitches so they told me a collar wasn't really necessary. I had gotten one, but Bailey hated it.

Some of the older vets still use the metal sutures which have to be removed ten days later. They have to wear a collar with those.
No, he doesn't have to have the stitches removed. that incision is so tiny and it looks really good.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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No, he doesn't have to have the stitches removed. that incision is so tiny and it looks really good.
He might be okay without a cone then. Bailey didn't bother his incision.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:38 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Gustave had internal stitches too but the doctor told us to make sure he doesn't lick the incision. He was very interested in them too.

I didn't know it was OK to have them mess with it if it's internal stitches.


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Old 11-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Do you sew at all? A nice, soft quilted E collar is easy to make and will keep him comfortable while still making him unable to get to the incision. You could even use the hard elizabethan collar as a template, and just use heavy-duty velcro to keep it on.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:17 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I had ordered a collar for Kelly prior to her spay since i know Kelly and knew she would bother her stitches. I ordered a soft e-collar and she kept it on and never tried to take it off and seemed very comfortable in it. This is what it looks like Pink Hawaiian Style Cuddle Cone w/ flowers i've seen similar ones in a blue fabric from the big box pet stores. The others i was able to use onesie to deter them from bothering their incision but Kelly is in coat and would have been a matted mess and i think she still would have bothered it because that's Kelly. Hopefully you'll be able to find something for Dewey so he will leave he area alone.
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