My 3 yr old Aussie m ix has been fighting a paw pad infection for 7 weeks now. We are on our third round of antibiotics, tried 2 different soaks and one cream and we finally had to take her to a dermatologist since our local vet and local ER vet could not figure out how to get the paw healed. The derm doc thinks that she traumatized the paw pad (probably on the pea gravel at daycare) and it wasn't healing because she kept licking it no matter how carefully we watched her. So she is in an e collar 24/7 for AT LEAST 7 days! She looks so miserable! She won't eat anything but wet dog food (she usually takes her dry food and puts it on the floor to eat but she can't reach it now)and rarely drinks. She can't play with her toys because she can't grab them (she only plays with chew toys).We've tried to play tug of war with her or throw treats for her to catch - no interest whatsoever. She is breaking my heart!! Any advice as to how we can interact with her to keep her happy while this paw is healing? The vet suggested not walking her until this is healed. All she does is lay on the bed looking out the window. I'm so worried about her not drinking although the vet says when she is thirsty enough she will drink (we have raised her bowl so the cone fits around it). Any advice would be greatly appreciated.