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Old 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!
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:47 PM
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You might try either the Kong Cloud: Here
or the Bite Not: Here, either alone (maybe- don't trust it until you see for sure that she can't get to her tail), or in combination with the e collar (cloud/bite not closer to her shoulders, cone closer to her ears)- the latter of which should make it very difficult to reach her tail. I only have experience with the bite not, but if fitted properly, it's pretty hard for the dog to lick anything behind their front paws.
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Are you taking into account how short the tail will be after amputation? With the cone on is she able to get to all her tail or just the part with the cyst?

Muzzles really are not safe to leave on when you cannot watch her, besides with a basket muzzle she'd be able to lick the wound, so you'd have to use a cloth one and those are really harsh as the dog is not able to open it's mouth to pant, or drink.

Maybe this e collar would work for her
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