I've been feeling like the only person in the world who has a dog who is not tolerating his e-collar. So I browsed online. I found this picture of what family did to try to help stop their dog from tearing out his stitches. And this was a guide dog puppy -- well-trained!
These pictures helped me feel better. The facts of the case for our puppy.
Scrubs is currently wearing two e-collars: the old one and the new one.
Two provides two barriers.
We are hoping this will buy us at least another 24 hours.
12 hours would even be okay.
Or even 6.
Can't fit in his kennel with e-collar on.
Can't fit in his kennel = no breaks for JB or Wendi.
Can't be in kennel = can't sleep in kennel.
Sleeping on a pad in our room confuses him.
Wakes up in the middle of the night and begins wandering around the room.
Doesn't understand that the e-collar requires more space.
Runs into everything.
Especially runs into everything in the middle of the night in our room.
This wakes me up.
JB is wearing earplugs.
Whoever is up with him all night gets to sleep in in the morning.
I guide him back to the pad.
He usually goes down immediately, glad to finally have figured out where he is supposed to be.
If he doesn't go down, he has to pee.
During the day, goes so crazy trying to get this e-collar off that he works himself into a mad frenzy.
The only way to get him out of the frenzy is to get him to fall asleep.
This usually requires him lying on your lap ...
On his back ...
With his feet up in the air ...
And you supporting his head ...
If we finally get him to sleep, it only lasts as long as one of us in the room with him.
If he is asleep and we leave the room, he knows it and wakes up and then goes crazy again trying to get the e-collar off.
He can't really play with anything with the e-collar on.
He isn't supposed to be playing.
He is supposed to be resting.
We had to use duct tape to keep him out of the stitches.
Yes, he is still finding a way past the e-collar to his stitches.
That duct tape is going to HURT coming off.
The e-collar has to be on until Friday.
I have a grant due on Wednesday.
JB has an easy schedule this week!
Here is a picture of our dog in his newly rigged conraption which seems to evolve by the hour as he figures new ways around the e-collar and to his stitches on paws (or where he was neutered).