Simon was so pathetic with the e-collar – but it was a must for him, since he's a nitwit and took out one catheter while he was still at the vet and was determined to remove the stitches the whole time. We were weenies and picked up an inflatable collar at petco, which worked fine and he seemed to like having a built in pillow.
It was tough keeping him from dashing at first, and in fact we called to ask what we could give him that wouldn't interfere with pain meds. (They recommended benadryl, and it did help a lot.) We also used teh crate a LOT and just had to keep our pity to ourselves.
Also, the pain meds gave him the runs, and we had to do a lot of juggling of dosage.
He's doing great now. We all survived!
Glad she's doing well