My poor puppy :(

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Hold him. Do not let him lick – you should only leave off the cone when you can monitor the pup.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Funsince1983:  if she puts it close to the wound but not on it… no big deal.

 

 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
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Bumble bee

@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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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 # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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!

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