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    Aw, poor baby! I'm sure after a day or so he will be finding as many ways as possible to destroy it for you! Haha

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    Thats so sad...first his nuts get lopped now he's wearing the cone of shame....poor bugger

    I guess you have to be cruel to be kind....some tough love as such......after all it's back to square one if he opens it again. I'd leave it on but give him heaps and heaps of love,attention and treats. Poor, poor bugger...i couldnt handle having him stare at me like that either. I totally understand your concern. All the best for the next few days.


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    I would cut the cone smaller, it's way too big, it just needs to be long enough so he can't reach his rear, much more comfortable.

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    Well it is midnight here and we took it off, I will stay up with him tonight to make sure he doesnt do anything.. he didnt handle that cone very well.
    Thank you so much for all the support - this is really hard so I am appreciating your kind words and advice.

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    Oh poor boy..My mastiff had to wear the cone of shame
    and she had it on for about 10 mins before I decided to
    take it off..She sat in the yard in the corner with her head faced down..
    I couldn't bare her be like this...

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    Exactly what happened in our house lol.. 10 mins of that pathetic look and the cone was off. Stayed up with him all night. So far the 2 remaining stitches are intact.. I cannot believe how much I suck at this. Hope these next few days go quickly!

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    oh the poor baby, hope you both get through the next couple of days ok and you get to catch up on some sleep

    watch out if he comes up behind you with the cone of shame on, it really hurts when they walk into your legs with it!!

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    My dog recently went through something very similar and I know how you feel - I started to feel quite hopeless towards the end of it. Started with a nasty scratch on his paw/wrist area from jumping up on a corrugated iron fence. At first, the vet said he would be fine just from having it bandaged and he should be right as rain after a week, but of course he took his bandage off and the wound was worse than ever. We tried sticking it shut with those bandages, but he just wouldn't leave it alone, and he was the same as your dog, would barely move when he had the collar on. Well after 3 weeks of him ruining bandages, getting the collar off and licking his wound incessently, it had opened up to the point that it couldn't be bandaged closed. I was at the vet every 2nd day and racked up a bill of over $1000 (and that's with the vet giving me discounts and not charging for consults all the time). The vet then told me he needed surgery and would require internal dissolvable stitches, but I really wanted to avoid surgery if it was possible so he said there was one other option if I was sure Sammy wouldn't bite me or him. I held his head while the vet stapled his paw closed. Sammy did not like it and actually reached the point of mouthing me but I knew he wouldn't bite me. It was the first time the vet had been able to do that - he said it was only because Sammy was so well-trained but really I think it's because Sammy just trusts me - he disobeyed all orders but he knew I wasn't going to do him harm (and was probably helping him) so he didn't completely lose it.

    Anyway, a month later and Sammy is back to normal. The points I really want to share with you is that I think most dogs absolutely hate that collar at first, I could not get Sammy to walk through doorways because he hated that it banged on everything and he would just get stuck. After he had pulled his bandage off for like the 5th time though, I made sure that collar could not be removed - and he got used to it. Unfortunately his way of dealing with it was to just use brute force to push past the obstacles, and god it hurt when it hit you on the back of the legs. But after only like 2 days, it was like he had always had the collar on - he forgot about it. And I know how you feel, I ended up taking time off work because I just couldn't handle the stress of worrying that I was going to come home to a bleeding dog - if it was a child they would have understood and Sammy is probably as important to me. I took his collar off at night and just if I heard any licking noises I put the fear of God in him (just yelled at him basically) so he stopped touching it whilst in my presence.

    So you will get through it, and in a month it will be like it never happened - life will go on

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    LOL findeb that made me laugh. He pushes that cone into me, I think he knows it hurts and he wants to spread the misery.
    I also called work telling them I cant come in because my son is sick (they would have laughed at me if I said my dog has stitches and I cant leave him).
    Poor Sammy! being stapled like this would have hurt. Too bad vet didnt give him local anaesthetics first.
    Happy he is all good now!
    Last edited by bunny-girl; 03-19-2012 at 11:47 AM.

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    Newbie question... How do I "like" a post? lol

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