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evo462  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 6:53:55 PM EST
My dog got surgery last Wednesday (as in the 7th) to remove a non cancerous tumor and he has starting licking at the incision the past few days. It seems to have started once the anti-inflamatory/pain medication ran out after 4 days, but it could just be coincidence.

Anyway, I know I can get one of those "cone" deals to put around his head, but that will drive him batshit insane. I was wondering if anyone here has faced a similar situation and has used something other than the collar. I'll call the vet in the morning, but thought I'd check here first.

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Lord_Grey_Boots  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 6:54:41 PM EST
Thats what the CONE OF SHAME is for.
engineer2001  [Member]
9/15/2011 6:55:13 PM EST
We had our cat in the same situation. Nothing worked but the cone/lapshade thing. Good luck. We even tried duct taping a diaper on him (no kidding). He worked and worked until he tore ot off to get to the stitches. Cone thing FTW.
hardhit77  [Member]
9/15/2011 6:55:22 PM EST
problem solved
Firebird69  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 6:56:08 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lord_Grey_Boots:
Thats what the CONE OF SHAME is for.


SleeperShooter  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 6:56:13 PM EST
Look into a No-Bite collar. The Cone of Shame lasted a few minutes on my Boxer.
-SS

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LePew  [Member]
9/15/2011 6:57:16 PM EST
I think you really have no choice other than the radarhead move...

Unless you can watch 24/7 and make him stop whenever he tries to lick the wound.

It's a natural instinct, and you can't train them out of it, you can only physically block it.


Sorry but you need to think Conehead for a while.
bowbender7  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 6:57:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By SleeperShooter:
Look into a No-Bite collar. The Cone of Shame lasted a few minutes on my Boxer.
-SS

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Boxers are awesome, but fucking crazy. Not surprised.

DoberDude  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 6:57:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By evo462:
My dog got surgery last Wednesday (as in the 7th) to remove a non cancerous tumor and he has starting licking at the incision the past few days. It seems to have started once the anti-inflamatory/pain medication ran out after 4 days, but it could just be coincidence.

Anyway, I know I can get one of those "cone" deals to put around his head, but that will drive him batshit insane. I was wondering if anyone here has faced a similar situation and has used something other than the collar. I'll call the vet in the morning, but thought I'd check here first.



The "Cone" deal is called an Elizebethan collar and it's the easiest and surest way to solve the problem.

You will need to take it off when he drinks and eats.

The soft material ones work better than the plastic and are easier on your home and furnishings.

Your dog will just have to put on the big boy pants and deal with it. It won't kill him.
DamascusKnifemaker  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 6:58:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By evo462:
My dog got surgery last Wednesday (as in the 7th) to remove a non cancerous tumor and he has starting licking at the incision the past few days. It seems to have started once the anti-inflamatory/pain medication ran out after 4 days, but it could just be coincidence.

Anyway, I know I can get one of those "cone" deals to put around his head, but that will drive him batshit insane. I was wondering if anyone here has faced a similar situation and has used something other than the collar. I'll call the vet in the morning, but thought I'd check here first.



He had surgery on the 7th or it was his 7th surgery? If he had it on Sept 7th I wouldn't worry about him trying to clean the site as it should be healed and the stitches can be removed in 3 days or so.
Chokey  [Life Member]
9/15/2011 6:58:16 PM EST
Lem  [Member]
9/15/2011 7:01:01 PM EST
E-Collar. Acepromazine.

Not a big deal.
SevenMaryThree  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 7:01:03 PM EST
Pour hot sauce on the wound.
para_frame  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 7:05:37 PM EST
I came in to recommend the cone of shame but there is another similar option that looks like a big inflatable doughnut that allows the dog to still eat and sleep but not lick if the surgical site in the right place.

REDMASTA  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 7:07:03 PM EST


HAHAHA
photokirk  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 7:08:08 PM EST
JBlitzen  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 7:44:55 PM EST
Mall-Ninja  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 7:49:05 PM EST
Lampshade
thebeekeeper1  [Site Staff]
9/15/2011 7:51:52 PM EST
I had a pointer that was a PITA about that. I simply pinned a t-shirt on her and once she got used to it we had no further problem. I had to keep her occupied for a while and once she got used to the shirt she did well. For sure, licking the incision is BAD––and doubly so if it's an old dog (lots of bacteria in the mouth).
pcsutton  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 7:54:36 PM EST
Smear peanut butter on his balls...he'll lick them instead.
para_frame  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 8:00:31 PM EST
Wrong thread.
justsayin  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 8:04:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Smear peanut butter on his balls...he'll lick them instead.


Not going to ask....

You ain't right, son.
rtech  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 8:07:24 PM EST
I always called the collars "megaphones" because mine always barked so much and it amplified the bark.

Hot sauce on a wound is bad. Sour apple is much better until they start to like it.
Keith_J  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 8:07:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Smear peanut butter on his balls...he'll lick them instead.
Even better, smear the PB on your.....



SleeperShooter  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 8:11:33 PM EST
Op, what state are you in?
-SS

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Towely  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 8:13:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By Keith_J:

Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Smear peanut butter on his balls...he'll lick them instead.
Even better, smear the PB on your.....





Well, someone had to say it. Better you than me.
Towely  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 8:13:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By SleeperShooter:
Op, what state are you in?
-SS

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OP, I think you have a volunteer willing to put the PB on his balls.
CWO  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 8:14:02 PM EST
Satellite dish.
lostnswv  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 9:44:58 PM EST


Nothing says, "I fucking hate you and I am going to shit in your bed.." like that picture.
BuffLuver  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 2:42:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By DoberDude:

Originally Posted By evo462:
My dog got surgery last Wednesday (as in the 7th) to remove a non cancerous tumor and he has starting licking at the incision the past few days. It seems to have started once the anti-inflamatory/pain medication ran out after 4 days, but it could just be coincidence.

Anyway, I know I can get one of those "cone" deals to put around his head, but that will drive him batshit insane. I was wondering if anyone here has faced a similar situation and has used something other than the collar. I'll call the vet in the morning, but thought I'd check here first.



The "Cone" deal is called an Elizebethan collar and it's the easiest and surest way to solve the problem.

You will need to take it off when he drinks and eats.

The soft material ones work better than the plastic and are easier on your home and furnishings.

Your dog will just have to put on the big boy pants and deal with it. It won't kill him.


Good advice.
LDES  [Member]
9/16/2011 3:04:57 AM EST
cone him .
SleeperShooter  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 5:58:21 AM EST
Since I'm on my laptop now, this is what I was talking about in my previous posts.


http://handicappedpets.com/www/index.php/no-cone-collar.html
Much better than the CoS / Radar Dish.
-SS
Marcbme  [Member]
9/16/2011 6:46:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By Lord_Grey_Boots:
Thats what the CONE OF SHAME is for.


WRONG.......a butt load of butter 2X a day on the farthest part of his body possible (belly cut then on forelegs).

He'll get to licking butter so long he'll forget all about the stitches.......garunteed!
Kharn  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 6:50:05 AM EST
Bitter apple on the stitches? I think thats what I used on my lab when she was a puppy, but she was also so stoned out of her gourd on the pain meds I don't think she really cared.

Kharn
Vegitan  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 6:51:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By Keith_J:

Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Smear peanut butter on his balls...he'll lick them instead.
Even better, smear the PB on your.....





it's not cheating because it's your dog!
SouthEndXGF  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 6:53:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By SevenMaryThree:
Pour hot sauce on the wound.


I came in to suggest rubbing jalapeƱos on it.
ttam281  [Member]
9/16/2011 6:56:50 AM EST
Do it for him.
Cypselus  [Member]
9/16/2011 6:58:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By Vegitan:
Originally Posted By Keith_J:

Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Smear peanut butter on his balls...he'll lick them instead.
Even better, smear the PB on your.....





it's not cheating because it's your dog!

Then the next day Bama is posting a news clipping from somewhere in Florida - Area man's testicles eaten by dog

PRnOkie  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 7:01:31 AM EST
Originally Posted By Towely:
Originally Posted By SleeperShooter:
Op, what state are you in?
-SS

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OP, I think you have a volunteer willing to put the PB on his balls.


I think he was going for the second option.
evo462  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 7:17:48 PM EST


Most pathetic picture ever!
ZeroZero  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 8:35:47 PM EST
there's really only one way.

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