Saturday, January 22, 2022

Le cône de la honte

The cone of shame. Poor Tasha. As soon as she got home from having her bandage removed, she started licking at her stitches. I assumed this would happen because she pulled her stitches out after she was spayed (just over four years ago). So I asked the vet for a cone. I wanted an inflatable, but all he had were the traditional "Elizabethan" variety. She was not happy when I put it on her.

Poor, poor, pitiful me. I wonder if she can communicate with space aliens.

After some whining, a refusal to sit down, and her pulling it off with her paws, she finally calmed down and accepted the thing. Except for about thirty minutes of whining and crying in the middle of the night, she was okay. I expect her wound either hurt or itched and she was uncomfortable. But it passed.

This morning she was happy to get the cursed thing off to go outside to faire pipi, but then she started licking her wound again. We're afraid she will use her teeth to rip out the stitches like she did four years ago, so the cone is back on. She has an appointment to get her stitches removed on the 31st.

I hope we make it.

10 comments:

  1. Poor thing. She looks sad.

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  2. Poor thing and, oh, the stress it must provide you both. The 31st is a long way off. I hope she settles. She does look quite elegant though.

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  3. Best wishes for her solid recovery. You and Ken are great pet parents!

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  4. I hope these first days are the toughest and that she adjusts quickly. You and Ken, too!

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  5. I don't know what was used before the cones were invented. They really work. I have never seen a blow up collar. You have really arranged a comfortable place for Tasha to heal. I hope all goes well.

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  6. Awww, it must have been hard for you and Ken to hear her whining and crying in the middle of the night.
    Mitchell is right... she does look rather elegant :)

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  7. It’s heartbreaking to see a pup in pain. I’m wishing her a speedy recovery.

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  8. I was happy to read "she walked right in" as she must appreciate this situation over the clinic. When my sheepdog had to wear the collar to prevent her from getting at her stitches, Millie adapted quickly (as I remember it?) and the time went by without any incidents. With the 2 cages, up and down the stairs and multiple walks she has something to look forward to throughout the day and if you are taking her around the neighborhood that must be interesting for her as well. Has she had a good appetite? Drinking plenty of water? I remember those are the questions the vet is always asking along with the animal's interest in movement. The time will go fast; I predict.

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  9. poor pooch, but it's needed.

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  10. everyone, thanks for the encouraging comments! Tasha is now used to (or resigned to) wearing the collar and she slept quietly through the night last night. We're halfway through the course of anti-biotics. Still administering the pain killer for another week.

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