(Closed) When you got your dog spayed/neutered…

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our little guy had to wear a cone for a week. 

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

When my boy was neutered they didn’t give him a cone or anything but he didn’t mess with his stitches. When he had his ACL surgery though, I had to buy him one because he chewed his stitches out three different times. I bought him one of the soft cones and he didn’t mind that one as much. 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  Our boy should have worn a cone, but he was SO scared of it that he would run around trying to get away from it… so it was doing more harm than good. (He had to wear an XXL because his neck is so thick, so I think the size of it freaked him out… it was literally like a satellite dish)

He did try to lick his stitches all the TIME, so Fiance and I actually took turns sleeping on the floor with him at night to make sure he didn’t chew them. What you do for love, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

@BP2Be:  He looks pitiful!! My parent’s dog had surgery and had to wear a cone and he kept trying to back out of it. He walked backward for a week. 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  Yes, Percy would drag his on the ground and scare the crap out of himself. That picture represented the entire 2 minutes he had it on. You should be fine taking it off her when you are watching her. Just put it back on at bed time or when you’re not around.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

When we had our cat neutered they told us we could take it off for him to eat, and if we were watching that he wasn’t licking the area.  I left it off whenever I was home, poor thing was ashamed and hated it.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@chasesgirl:  I know, poor thing… he didn’t have enough pain meds in him when we got him home and he cried and yelped for an hour straight. All I could do was hold him and cry my eyes out. Worst night ever!

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We bought a soft cone and only used it when we had to leave the house or sleep.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 1997

We got our dog spayed when she was 5 months old.  (She is a medium sized shepherd/cattle dog mix.) Our vet recommended that she stay calm/not play and wear the cone.  She hated the cone, so we took it off! We watched her and she never licked or bit at her stitches.  She is a high energy dog, so the “no play” thing didn’t go over well either.  Two days after her surgery she was out in the yard with us jumping in piles of leaves and racing around like a maniac! I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try to follow your vet’s instructions, but we didn’t and our dog is doing fine.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Both of our dogs have only worn their cones when they were unable to be monitored, which meant anytime we were out and when we were in bed. We did leave it off at night at times, but I never slept well as I work up non stop as I was paranoid they would lick.

We had a cervical collar (BiteNot Collar) for our dog after his hip surgery. We found out he could actually still reach the stitches with it. It works for some dogs but not for others. I’ve known people to use the Cloud Collar (inflatable) and soft collars, so those are things you could try.

Just keep an eye on the dog and make sure if they are wearing the cone that the overlap is behind their neck, especially if your dog is a chewer. My male lab actually chewed the overlap and removed his neutering stitches just 2-3 days after surgery. We were lucky that he pretty much unlaced them perfectly, so we didn’t have to have it stapled, but we are more careful with the cones. Our other lab mix has chewed the overlap as well..

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  my little girl didn’t have to wear a cone. She had subdermal sutures so maybe that’s why. The vet just said to keep her activity down…which was pretty much impossible haha.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

My dog was neutered at 10 months, if I remember correctly.  He wore a cone almost the whole time because he kept wanting to lick/chew at himself.  When he stopped doing that I took off the cone when I was around but it went back on when I had to leave for work.  Poor thing was pretty miserable.  ๐Ÿ™

Post # 31
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  Some clinics are strict about this because they have seen what unattended, determined, irritated pets can do after surgmery. If they lick best case scenario they cause some local infection of the skin, worse case scenario (spay) they lick/chew their stitches completely out (there are usually 3 layers from muscle to skin) and their guts spill onto the floor and likely die. YES this is absolute worst case scenario, but hey wouldn’t want it to be my pet! And I’m sure if they didnt fully request you to use the cone you would feel incredibly horrified that a simple elizabethan collar could have prevented the whole lot! 

My best advice is, just use it when you can’t fully monitor her ๐Ÿ™‚ otherwise cone it is! 

 

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