Post # 1
Ok Bees I need some help and ideas to fix this problem. My fiancé and I just bought a german shepherd puppy two weeks ago. Last week, my fiancé decides he is going to take Axel (our puppy) to a friends house while I’m at work and let him play with a full grown german shepherd. I was not for this idea and voiced my opinion that he is too little and what if he got hurt. He said it would be fine and that Bruno (full grown GSD) likes other dogs well at first it was fine, but Axel took his bone and Bruno jumped him and bit him in the eye.
I got home we were able to stop the bleeding and had to take him to the vet the next morning. The only place open that night was going to charge us aroubd $800. Our vet put him to sleep, did stitches, and gave us a ton of meds. Everything was fine for three days, but Saturday he ran into The baby gate and has been scratching and when we took him back today he needs it done all over again!!
The vet says there is nothing they can do he tore the cone off in a minute and the other device they gave us is too big for him. We are going to keep him sedated mostly with the pills they have us, but I don’t want this to happen again it is so expensive! $326 last Thursday and today will prolly be close to the same.
Any ideas to keep a cone on? Could I put baby socks and secure them with cobands so his claws dont pull them out again? The vet isn’t being much help says he is a puppy and not much else we can do 🙁
Post # 2
hjfleming2066: Oh my gosh, poor baby!! What kind of cone are you using? I found the hard plastic ones to work best. Not those soft ones. Dogs don’t like them, but it protects them. Poor little guy. I feel so bad for him…
Post # 3
hjfleming2066: I agree with RedHeadKel: a hard plastic cone should work. If he is getting it off somehow maybe you need to attach it to his collar somehow, that’s what I did with my dog. The cone I have had little holes where I could thread a thin collar through to make sure he couldn’t slip the cone off.
Post # 4
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hjfleming2066: I’d go total overkill and do the cone, the baby socks, AND put some kind of bandage over his stitches. Obviously since he’s a puppy, you need to have you eye on him at all times (most frustrating part for us when we got our German Shepherd! But he’s nearly 1 now). If all else fails, put him in puppy jail (the kennel) so he can’t run into stuff.
How long do the stitches stay in?
Post # 5
hjfleming2066: awww no!!! poor baby!!!! Get a hard plastic cone. And it doesn’t have to be a long one that covers his snout- just one that stops his foot from reaching his face! 🙁 I hope he recovers quickly.
Also, maybe there is a cream that you can use to help with the itching like neosporin? Ask your vet first before applying anything
Post # 6
RedHeadKel: he ripped the plastic one off in a minute after the vet put it on then they have us this soft round one with a drawstring to tighten the middle, but even at it’s smallest it is still way too big for him.
ShhhItsaSecret: that is a great idea! Prolly will get a cone and collar and try that.
gingerkitten: I’m not sure how long the stitches have to stay…fiancé was the one who took him last week and today because I was working. I think the vet said two to three weeks until it heals completely depending on if he keeps them in. I wish I could watch him more I work long shifts at the hospital, but my fiancé works at MSU so he is able to come home at lunch and be in early afternoon. We don’t have a kennel yet, but will be borrowing one today until we can buy one.
Post # 7
hjfleming2066: Then they need to give him a smaller size. I’ve been through this a few times and I have smaller adult dogs than even your puppy. Keep trying!
Post # 8
hjfleming2066: When our dog ended up getting stitches, our vet told us we could give him some benadryl so he would sleep. It may be painful for him yet so you may want to ask your vet about doing something similar.
Post # 9
Oh no, poor puppy!
Do you have anyone like a retired parent, or younger sibling or friend who works from home, who could take shifts puppy-sitting during the day? You could also look at puppy-sitters for a few weeks during the day (not cheap, but in the long run cheaper than getting puppy re-stitched again, plus antibiotics).
When my dog was spayed, she had to wear the hard cone, and I still had to pretty much constantly watch her. Not only did she try to take it off, but she couldn’t navigate up/down stairs, and would get super freaked out if she got caught anywhere with the cone.
Either way, good luck to you and your adorable new puppy!
Post # 10
Go to Petco and buy the soft sided cone that hooks through their collar and secures with a giant strip of velcro.
Post # 11
One of my dogs is Houdini with a cone on as well. I finally just put the cone on, then tied the cone to her normal collar with ribbon. It was much cheaper than buying additional cones. My dog was super unhappy about not being able to get the cone off, but it kept her from hurting herself more.
Post # 12
Poor baby he looks so sad 🙁
My crazy boxer went through 4 cones when he hurt his ankle. (and 2 casts….not cheap). The last one that lasted the longest went around his collar like ShhhItsaSecret: said. It also had a little leather ribbing on the edge so when he would run into things it didn’t scrape. (he was ruining the walls..) I think we got it at petsmart?
The trick is to have it be tight enough around his neck where it will spin but he can’t get his paw through, and also LONG enough so if he were to smush it on the floor or something he couldn’t grab the edge. Know what i’m sayin?
Post # 13
Get a smaller plastic one. The vet gave you the wrong size by the sounds of it.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone! Will Defnitely be getting another cone to try and will try to get a collar to go thru the holes to tie string to make it stay. Baby socks for his feet will prolly be happening too and if I can figure out a bandage to cover it I will be doing that as well. Fingers cross it works or I’ll be back for more suggestions lol
Post # 15
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone! Axel is doing great the cone with ties really worked! He wore it about two and a half weeks and now you can’t even tell anything happenend 🙂