Alternative to the dreaded cone?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

So cute! I wouldn’t worry too much about the cone of shame (hehe Up). Is there a particular reason you don’t want her to wear it? I don’t think it’s such a bad thing. That being said, we didn’t use one. She stayed overnight for the first night, which I guess is when they are most likely to have a problem, and then we just brought her home. We watched to make sure she didn’t pick at it, and she was fine.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I did a shirt after my dog had stitches on his chest. It worked well. I imagine that you would have to do underwear, and remove it before taking your dog out.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

We used the inflatable ProCollar when Basil had surgery. The cone didn’t work at all but he really liked the collar. It was like a pillow.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had a soft cone for our kitten. I don’t know if they work on dogs too but I would assume so. I think it was a lot more comfortable (no chaffing) although I think that it not being see-through like the traditional cone of shame isn’t ideal.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Are you going to be home to watch her? We didn’t use anything on our puppy and he never bothered with his incision/stitches at all. My FI stayed home with him the first day, and after that he was home alone. My mom didn’t have any problems with her two dogs either.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Sunshine23: The cone was from our vet! I was hugely surprised because I’d never seen one before. Maybe call your vet and ask if they can get soft ones or if they only have the traditional hard ones. I also did a quick google search and found quite a few websites that sell them for about $15 (searched soft pet cone).

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

As long as you are actively watching the dog my vet recommended taking the cone off. So it sounds like you would be in the clear. My boy stayed overnight at the vet and didn’t need a cone after that.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I found the first day or two she was fine because she likely had some anti-lick type stuff on her stitches, but when it started to heal and get itchy she was trying pretty hard to get at them. The same thing happens to people when we have a scab! Poor little thing. The vet can also likely give you some cream or spray to put on the stitches that tastes bad, but I’ve always found my cats are offput for about the first two licks and then get over it. I guess the desire to lick/itch is stronger than their aversion to bad taste! LOL!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

I used an old t-shirt on my Rottie when she had stiches in her side.  I think that you could use a t-shirt and then pull it under her and tie it around her tail.  I’d recommend you only put it on her at night when she’s in her crate alone (she won’t need to pee, so you won’t have to worry about that).  It works pretty good!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If the dog isn’t messing with the wound, they really don’t need a cone. I’ve actually never had to have a dog wear a cone after being spayed (in my experience of having about 5 females spayed).

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