05-21-2017, 07:54 AM
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Post Surgery Safety Ideas?
My 12 year year Ridgeback mix is getting her tail amputated Friday because of a huge cyst gone rogue. I'm trying to make a plan for her post surgery. Right now she has a 30 inch Ecollar and she can STILL get to her tail. She does this weird contortion move where she sits, bends sideways, and goes at it from the top. The ecollar is tight but pushes down far enough for her snout to make contact with her tail.
So, last night I velcroed a second ecollar to the outside of this one in order to extend it. I left her last night and when I came home she still had it on. She tried to get to her tail twice in front of me and couldn't force her head down far enough because of the cone extension. The plastic on this collar bends a little so I'm nervous that it'll break or something. We're having trial and error this week so I can make the best plan for her.
Any ideas? I'm going to some pet supply stores today to try and find a bigger ecollar that's stronger. I thought about buying a toddler skirt for her to wear so it covers it. I'm not sure if that's dumb or not but I really think something over the tail would help. And then there's a muzzle but that's last resort. I'll do it if I have to but this is the kindest and gentlest animal. I'd hate to put her through all this and then on top of it all muzzle her.
Any suggestions you have or resources for strong ecollars - let me know!