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 Post subject: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:12 pm 
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So, boring story even more boring, Finn is in an e-collar for almost two weeks due to getting bitten :( :( :( I HATE the cone at least as much as he does (it's loud when he bumps it into things, it's big enough to actually block my way around, it prevents him from getting up and down stairs, he has a hard time playing with his toys, he is SO SAD trying to sniff the ground to know where to potty, etc).

So, Praise Be To Amazon Prime Same Day Delivery, I will be receiving this collar in two sizes today: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045 ... _qh_dp_hza (I wasn't sure on his size and I want to get him out of the cone ASAP, so I'll just return whichever doesn't fit) I'm not sure if it's going to meet our needs, since the majority of his drains/stitches are on a front leg, but I'm hoping that it will keep him from accessing the sensitive areas but return some of his mobility, comfort, and morale.

What is YOUR preferred alternative to The Great Satellite Dish of Sadness when your fur baby needs one? What are your strategies for helping them cope?

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:20 pm 
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Rhodie was in an e collar last month for two weeks after knee surgery. I'd take it off when we were home so he'd have some relief but then he'd try to bite me when I'd go to put it back in :-(

Those inflatable ones like you linked to are awesome. I got one at pet smart a few days after all our e collar drama. He didn't seem to mind it at all, most likely because he was zonked on pain killers and it made for a good built in pillow!

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:14 pm 
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YAY. Thank you, that is good to hear! I want to take it off when he's home but I'm worried about putting it back on correctly, and whether or not I can monitor him adequately to keep him from nibbling away at things. And the sleeping--I'm hoping the inflatable one will be more comfortable for him! He normally sleeps in his crate, but last night I brought his bed upstairs and put it next to me so I could reach out and pet him and soothe him, but there isn't a TON of space between my bed and the wall and every time he changed position I got woken up by the noise of the cone hitting or scraping the wall. I'm sure he wasn't super into it either. So hopefully tonight will be better!

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:39 pm 
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I think that most people can't supervise well enough to take their dogs out of their ecollars for more than a few minutes, so if the inflatable doesn't bother him I would leave it on. You don't want him messing with that drain!

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:01 pm 
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Yeah Rhodie was very spaced out. For an energetic or fully aware dog I wouldn't do it.

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:13 pm 
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IME the donut ones are easier to get around and still chew than the traditional ones. Depends on where the injury/surgery is of course (and how determined the dog is!)


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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:06 am 
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Yeah, I don't feel comfortable removing the collar except when we're physically next to each other (cuddling on the couch in the evening) because I'll notice as soon as he tries anything. It SEEMS to be doing the trick so far. It's just SLIGHTLY too big, which drives me crazy, because the size smaller is WAY SMALLER, and definitely won't do the trick.

If he really tries hard, he can lick his butt/junk again, which seems to be doing a lot for his peace of mind.

The drains come out tomorrow evening! I can't wait.

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:40 am 
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UGH it deflated during the night, so I re-inflated it and it's already mostly imp again :( I think I'm gonna have to put the cone back on. NOOOO :(

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:53 pm 
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Aw bummer!!

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:29 pm 
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We are now trying a "zen cone" soft cone. We're off to a good start, but I am pretty certain he's going to chew his way out of it. Sigh.

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:26 am 
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Okay, I picked up this: http://zenpetusa.com/products/recovery/zen-cone/

It's going great! There was some initial chewing, but once I adjusted the fit so it wasn't so huge and floppy, that stopped. He seems really comfortable and his morale is up. He's acting like himself, and being puppy-ish again! (Which is great, but also terrible, because I'm not allowed to take him outside for walks other than quick potty breaks, so he isn't getting much of a chance to burn off all that energy.) I think I've found my solution and it's a relief.

Also: it results in A+ ears!

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:44 pm 
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HA THOSE EARS! My coworker emailed me this link out of nowhere and it seems appropriate for this thread: http://www.bitenot.net/about/

her dog has nervous chewing problems (chewing on his own hinder :() but mine don't and they haven't needed an e-collar for anything lately, and we hadn't been discussing them. So the email was totally out of nowhere, but hey, maybe it'll help someone here!

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:52 pm 
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Oohhh, I'm gonna share that with my colleague, because her dog nervous chews on herself when she goes out of town and is left with a sitter, and she has a trip coming up. Thank you for sharing!

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 Post subject: Re: E-Collars, get your e-collars!
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I have heard really good things about bite not collars.

Oh and EARS YES

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