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Old 04-18-2014, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tonight is 3rd night with Tuckers stitches in his rear pad. He sees the vet in the morning. He has suddenly gone nuts to tear his bandage open. He has a cone on but has managed to figure out how to work around it. So Im typing with one hand, wrestling him with the other.

How can I keep him from tearing this open? I also have Bitter Bandage over his wrap, but that doesnt seem to phase him now either. Besides tying his head to a.chair (joking...but I AM really tired), what do I do?

He's gearing up for another tantrum now...

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Old 04-18-2014, 11:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hope this helps

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Old 04-18-2014, 11:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you have a muzzle?
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No muzzle...I thought about that and am kicking myself for not picking one up.

Going to check out that site now.

Right now Ive put him in a too-small crate with his cone on. He looks positively miserable

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Old 04-19-2014, 12:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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can you get someone to run out and pick up the basket style muzzle? is he in pain?
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Theres nothing open at this hour. I dont think its pain...I think its a combination of boredom (no off leash activity...he is used to lots of both structure and free run time) and Im thinking its probably itchy. He got something for pain earlier.

Right now he is quiet in the smaller crate. I feel bad, but he just needs to get thru thr night.

I will get him a muzzle tomorrow...definitely...

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Old 04-19-2014, 01:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Poor baby. Let us know how it ends up
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, the brat still managed to get the banadage off but the incision looks ok. Leaving for vet shortly.

I'll be picking up a muzzle on the way home.

Thanks all for responding to my frantic post! I'm thinking he is in that itchy stage of healing. Being so long and lanky, there probably isnt a cone out there that he cant figure out how to get to a back foot. Stinker!

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To save you some time..... Petsmart doesn't carry basket muzzles. PetCo has a variety of basket muzzle, not really designed well for GSD muzzles, but will work in a pinch.
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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We've had good success with what's called a "COMFY COLLAR",sold on Amazon, is alot more comfortable for GSD's. May or may not work for you???? Bob
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