Help!! Puppy won't leave stitches alone on eye!!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
5664 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
4542 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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
2665 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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
6549 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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 # 7
5664 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
1410 posts
Bumble bee

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
760 posts
Busy bee

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 # 11
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
612 posts
Busy bee



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
716 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Get a smaller plastic one. The vet gave you the wrong size by the sounds of it.

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