No Bite Collar for Keeping Stiches
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    Hello,
    I read something about making a collar to keep your dog away from its stiches. My girl was just spayed and is home with a big cone collar. She looks so upset by it that I can't stand to put it on her, but I'm afraid to leave her alone. She stops licking as soon as I comment, but I feel like I'm going crazy just watching her constantly, even though she is completely adorable.
    Thanks
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  • I know someone here posted a DIY collar, involving an ordinary towel. You can fold it and wrap it around their necks, which prohibits them from licking at their stitches, but at the same time it's not too frustrating for them.

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    Thanks so much. I'll try it right now.

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    yes, wrap a towel (folded to fit the width of her neck), aorund her neck, secure with one of your belts, or if maybe a collar if it is large enough. I know they sell something similar to that at the store, but this works great, so why spend the money, right?
    here are some pictures http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php?showtopic=220089&hl=, looks like she used a large piece of velcro..

    Good luck.

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    There are products designed to be sprayed on wounds, stitches etc. to prevent a dog licking them. I haven't used them so don't know how effective they are. perhap someone here has tried something like that?

    I also recently purchased (again haven't yet tried) some Anti Lick Strips from www.nurturedpets.co.uk which because Spring had to have an emergency operation which also involved spaying and she is a renowned 'licker'. When she came home I found that the vet had stitched her wound without exposed stitches. These are designed to dissolve of their own accord.
    I wonder why this isn't done more often?

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  • @Patty:

    There are products designed to be sprayed on wounds, stitches etc. to prevent a dog licking them. I haven't used them so don't know how effective they are. perhap someone here has tried something like that?

    I also recently purchased (again haven't yet tried) some Anti Lick Strips from www.nurturedpets.co.uk which because Spring had to have an emergency operation which also involved spaying and she is a renowned 'licker'. When she came home I found that the vet had stitched her wound without exposed stitches. These are designed to dissolve of their own accord.
    I wonder why this isn't done more often?

    I've seen anti lick strips in our local pet stores recently and was wondering about them. Additionally, when Ruby was spayed, she was glued and never licked her wound at all (never had to use any sort of collar or protectant) - I think it maybe pulled and itched less.

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  • @Basenjimamma:

    yes, wrap a towel (folded to fit the width of her neck), aorund her neck, secure with one of your belts, or if maybe a collar if it is large enough. I know they sell something similar to that at the store, but this works great, so why spend the money, right?
    here are some pictures http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php?showtopic=220089&hl=, looks like she used a large piece of velcro..

    Good luck.

    Yep that is the same thing I did for my foster. For a a basenji you can use a large hand towel instead of a bath towel. I also used a wide collar to hold the towel in place instead of velcro (1.5 inch collar) made it much quicker to get it on and off. don't worry about wrapping the towel to tight, you need it REALLY snug. and you won't cut off air flow.

    Here are two videos on how to put on a "towel e-color. I'm sorry the video is not the best. My husband is always a pill when it comes to helping me with anything.

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    This one is showing it one my basenji
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  • Yes, dissolveable stitches would have been great, but that's not what Bongo has following removal of a growth on his front paw. Would the towel wrap collar work for that or could he still get to his paw? He's hating the cone, can't drink with it on and is generally miserable. Poor pup!

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  • You can cut holes in the cone if it isn't clear so they have vision. Other than cones, I have tried all sorts of neck collars, none of which worked with their danged bendy heads. I found a onesie or t-shirt, DUCT TAPED ON, butt area cut out so can pee and poo, was the best solution.

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    I didn't set the new collar on until the second month when she was reverse to her new active self and performance attention in the stitches. She fought tooth and attach at the same time as I got its stiches..

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  • @cahootz I have made my own in the past.... there used to be pictured on the old Forum, I can't find them now. I got a stair tread (hard rubber) and cut it to fit from just behind the ears to the point of the chest. Wrapped it in a towel, duck tape it all up. Wrap around the neck and secure with Vet Wrap. Worked great, also I would put Tea Tree Oil around the stitches (not on).....

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