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We dropped the little guy off at the vet's this morning for the BIG procedure. She'll be doing the neutering, removing his dewclaws and inserting the microchip. Oh ya, and as a courtesy trim his nails. Insert sarcastic smirk here


Anyway, he's going to have the e-collar on afterwards. And being the active pup he is I wonder how well this is going to work. Has anyone had experience with the e-collar on their pup's and if so how did it go. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Aw-www, Brodie, you'll be okay. Even though you didn't know you were broken, you're fixed now.


Li'l Girl wore an e-collar when recovering from an attack by a neighbor's dog. It was kind of pitiful to watch in the beginning, but she adjusted quickly. Her main problem seemed to be getting around corners. She'd invariably cut too short and hit the edge of the wall.
Otherwise, she just carried on as usual.
 

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Good luck Brodie!

When Java was snipped, he was out of it that same night, but seemed to be fine afterward. I didn't want to take a chance with him licking or chewing at his stitches, so I put the e-collar on from the start...I soon learned that having it on ALL the time was not really necessary with Java. It caused some a minor case of ear infection as the collar limited airflow. I left it on only when I was away for extended periods of time and allowed him some freedom when I was able to supervise. I think use of the collar should be on a case-by-base basis as not all dogs will be compelled to get at the stitching.

It totally prevented him from sniffing on our walks since every time he put his head down to smell something, the collar would catch on the ground. Let's just say he didn't learn quickly from that
 

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When Buzz was snipped last month he, like Java, really didn't end up needing the cone except when we were away for extended periods of time just as a precaution. He really didn't seem all that interested in licking the incision, and so after the first day or so we started experimenting with taking it off and he was fine. We did discover that the cone stopped Buzz from eating the duvet (usually his favourite pasttime) - so that was an unexpected bonus!
 

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Please make sure that Bodie gets extra tummy rubs today!! The hardest part about the procedure will be keeping him from running around for the first few days.
 

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Bodie is home and resting. Vet said he did fine and woke right up from the anesthesia afterwards. He (and I) looked so relieved to be coming home when I got him. Here he is crashed out in his bed.
 

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Okay...first I am glad he is doing okay from the surgery. I do have to ask a gross question though. What is that laying next to the shoe close to his head in the picture?
 

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I see Bodie has dad's (or someone's) slipper

You can probably expect Bodie to knock out and not have too much of an apatite (I know, right?!). I'd try to direct him to some water as he could use some hydration. Did the vet prescribe some pain relievers?

Lots of tummy and tushie rubs for Bodie!
 

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Originally Posted By: beagletailsOkay...first I am glad he is doing okay from the surgery. I do have to ask a gross question though. What is that laying next to the shoe close to his head in the picture?
LOL, was wondering the same thing! maybe it's some sort of pig's ear or hide chew?
 

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if i might ask a question regarding sapying/neutering?
my vet says that it is important to spay her because with each menstral cycle she has, she increases the risk of cancer. i was kinda hoping that one day i might be a granddad to some puppies.
is the cancer thing such a serious risk? how did dogs evolve if they get cancer so easy?
 

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Everything gets cancer easily enough.

I wouldn't be stunned if that were true of every animal, it's just that we don't try doing that to all of them to test it. :p

Anyway, neither of may beagles have needed the E-collar. They both left the incision completely alone, and both were large incisions (Max had an undescended that required more room to get it.)
 

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So glad to hear that Bodie is home and all went well -- he looks so sweet resting in his crate -- lots of behind-the-ear rubs (since his belly might be a bit tender)!
 

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Ya, that is a pig ear rawhide in the picture.

He appears to be feeling a lot better this morning. I'm staying home with him today to make sure he doesn't over exert himself. We go back to the vet at 3 to remove the bandages on his legs. The sutures from the neutering appears fine with no redness or swelling.
 

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Glad to hear everything went well.
 
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