I finally got Baroo in to be neutered today, and we got a microchip while he was there too. They put the buster collar on him, but failed to mention how long I should keep it on. He was very stressed out all day because of it. He wouldn't lift his head and kept walking backwards and just looked really miserable, so I took it off. He wounldn't even sit down, even though I know he wanted to. I have been watching him very closely to make sure he isn't licking himself. So far he has only tried a couple times. He is so much happier though. I know I should leave it on because he really shouldn't lick himself, but it makes the whole ordeal so much worse, and he isn't really doing much of anything right now. He is in a lot of pain, even with the meds that I gave him, and he is whimpering and moaning and shaking. He sleeps most of the time and doesn't have any energy. I know this is normal for the first day or so, but I think as long as he is like that I will keep the collar off. When he gets a little more active and wants to lick then I guess I will have no choice but to put it back on, but for how long?
Also, giving him his medication was no picnic. He isn't interested in his food, so I rolled up this tiny half of a pill in a piece of lunch meat and gave him small bites. He got the one with the pill and spit about half of it out. I guess he really tasted it, because he looked like a kid who just took some cough syrup. It is so small, and I can't believe that he found it. I tried to put the rest in some peanut butter, but he still knew it was there and wouldn't eat it, so I had to smear it on the roof of his mouth to get it down. There has to be a better way to give him meds. Any suggestions?