Well unfortunately on Monday night, Sammy managed to hook his paw on a corrugated iron fence and sliced it open. He didn't actually seem to notice, and continued to run around whilst his foot was spurting blood until finally I think the pain caught up with him. He then brought his paw to me, the way he does when he is being bitten by ants and wants my help and when I saw how deep it was I nearly passed out :s
Fortunately, it turns out one of my neighbours (the owner of the most handsome GSD I've ever seen) was a nurse, and she was able to help me stop the bleeding and get him to the vet. All good now, he's all bandaged up, and they provided me with one of those bucket collars to stop him from fidgeting with it. But he can take the collar off! I don't know how, and he never does it when I'm around. But when I get home from work, it's off and the bandage is in ruins. Is it possible the puppy is somehow helping him get it off? Thing is, I can't get it off without undoing his collar but when I see it, the collar is still done up, it's just somehow slid over his head. It's very tight now, I have it on a tighter notch than usual (which I couldn't get off without undoing it anyway) but still he's getting it off. And he has a big head - ie way bigger than his neck so I'm at a complete loss.
At this rate it's never going to heal up and I'm also petrified I'm going to come home to dead dog (even though I have 2 neighbours checking on him hourly). Any suggestions for how I can keep the collar on? Or stop him from eating his bandage? (again something he only does when I'm not around).