Post # 1
Merry Christmas Eve! My poor puppy got neutered yesterday :(. You would never know though! He isn’t acting any different – still very playful! Except he keeps licking himself! I put the cone on him but he had a panick attack and thrashed around until he got it off! I felt so bad. I was up most if the night worrying that he would lick and have been watching him all morning. Does anyone have any suggestions to stop the licking, besides the cone??
Post # 3
Hold him. Do not let him lick – you should only leave off the cone when you can monitor the pup.
Post # 4
@star282: They make a special spray for this kind of thing. It’s non-toxic and won’t hurt them, it just tastes terrible so they won’t lick. I can’t remember the name of it, but your local pet store should know what I mean because it’s a fairly popular product.
Post # 5
Try a Petsmart or another pet supply store. They have different style cones that may work better. When my little dog had to wear one due to an eye infection, we went through 3 different cones before we found one she would tolerate and I still had to just hold her most of the time.
Post # 6
I second the suggestion of trying a different style cone. There’s an inflatable donut looking one that is much more comfortable and may work better for your pup!
Post # 7
@ForeverBirds: It’s called bitter apple, but I would in NO WAY advise for her to spray that on a fresh surgical wound. That’s just a bad idea all around.
Post # 8
@Funsince1983: if she puts it close to the wound but not on it… no big deal.
Post # 9
According to a vet’s post-op suggestions… “Bitter Apple may be used around BUT NOT ON the incision to discourage licking or biting at the incision line”
Post # 10
@Funsince1983: When we got our cats fixed, that’s what our vet reccommended. It worked for us; after the first taste they didn’t want to lick again so really we only used it once.
Post # 11
I second the inflatable collar, though it’d be hard to go out and find one right now.
Its also a good idea to keep them crated. If he moves around too much it could rip the incision open or cause infection.
Post # 12
Put him back in the cone and give him a treat or three. He’ll get used to it, and in 2 days he won’t need it any more.
Post # 13
Aww poor puppy. I think the inflatable thing sounds like it may work better. I’ve never seen those but I’m intrigued. I don’t think our puppy would be fond of the cone either, lol.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone! He originally had the “comfy cone,” but I went out and bought a hard plastic one. He does much better with it! He doesn’t thrash around anymore. Thank you for your suggestions!
Post # 15
You might consider rather than using a traditional cone using one of those inner tube type cones that just goes around the neck. It is just a little blow up thing similar to an inner tube that attaches around the neck to the collar. My pets all used it and were not really bothered by it because it didnt come up over their ears or face or anything but it restricted their ability to reach their rear!