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evo462  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 11:53:55 PM
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 11:54:41 PM
Thats what the CONE OF SHAME is for.
engineer2001  [Member]
9/15/2011 11:55:13 PM
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 11:55:22 PM
problem solved
Firebird69  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 11:56:08 PM

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


SleeperShooter  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 11:56:13 PM
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 11:57:16 PM
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 11:57:23 PM
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 11:57:40 PM

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 11:58:09 PM
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 11:58:16 PM
Lem  [Member]
9/16/2011 12:01:01 AM
E-Collar. Acepromazine.

Not a big deal.
SevenMaryThree  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 12:01:03 AM
Pour hot sauce on the wound.
para_frame  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 12:05:37 AM
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]
9/16/2011 12:07:03 AM


HAHAHA
photokirk  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 12:08:08 AM
JBlitzen  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 12:44:55 AM
Mall-Ninja  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 12:49:05 AM
Lampshade
thebeekeeper1  [Site Staff]
9/16/2011 12:51:52 AM
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]
9/16/2011 12:54:36 AM
Smear peanut butter on his balls...he'll lick them instead.
para_frame  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 1:00:31 AM
Wrong thread.
justsayin  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 1:04:46 AM
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]
9/16/2011 1:07:24 AM
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]
9/16/2011 1:07:26 AM

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]
9/16/2011 1:11:33 AM
Op, what state are you in?
-SS

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Towely  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 1:13:15 AM
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]
9/16/2011 1:13:37 AM
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]
9/16/2011 1:14:02 AM
Satellite dish.
lostnswv  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 2:44:58 AM


Nothing says, "I fucking hate you and I am going to shit in your bed.." like that picture.
BuffLuver  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 7:42:53 AM
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 8:04:57 AM
cone him .
SleeperShooter  [Team Member]
9/16/2011 10:58:21 AM
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 11:46:51 AM
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 11:50:05 AM
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 11:51:53 AM
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 11:53:23 AM
Originally Posted By SevenMaryThree:
Pour hot sauce on the wound.


I came in to suggest rubbing jalapeƱos on it.
ttam281  [Member]
9/16/2011 11:56:50 AM
Do it for him.
Cypselus  [Member]
9/16/2011 11:58:03 AM
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 12:01:31 PM
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]
9/17/2011 12:17:48 AM


Most pathetic picture ever!
ZeroZero  [Team Member]
9/17/2011 1:35:47 AM
there's really only one way.

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