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December 31st, 2009

Uh oh, I’m in twouble

Posted by GerrysMom in Uncategorized    

Or at least, I would be in trouble if F.M. thought punishing me would help any.  Perhaps grounding me from my furry bone and new stuffed Rudolph.  *Gasp!*

I know I was naughty, but I couldn’t help it!  I’ve been licking my incision and F.M. didn’t know a thing about it.  We went to the vet today to get my sutures out (F.M. was so excited!) and they told her a small area hadn’t healed yet, that I must have been licking it.  They did take the sutures and staples out, but I’m not done with the e-collar until that heals… grrrrr.  F.M. thought, “Oh no, he must have been sneaking when I let him have it off, and let him lick his privates – but I thought I had been so watching him too carefully for that!”

She had.  I felt so guilty about it that when we got home, I let her see what I had been doing.   My neck and snout and tongue are just long enough to reach around the cone and lick that bit of the incision, if I push the cone as close to my body as it will go.

Well, so much for my good deed confession, because then I had to go right back to the vet!  A very understanding vet tech then took the time to show F.M. that she could move the cone much higher on my neck, right behind my ears and tie it much tighter around my neck to keep it there.  F.M. is still really nervous that I’m going to be able to mess with it.  (Sigh) I really want to too.  But  Angel-boy Yoda never did anything that when he wore the e-collar lower down.  F.M. hasn’t said that, but big brother Spirit Yoda did mention it.

If any pawrents out there have any tips for a rear-leg amputee like me, who needs to let his incision finish healing (and still be able to go potty), let us know.


  1. Whatchya expect? Yoda was always an angel!

    Here’s a tip Jerry, if you stop licking the site, the sooner you’ll get rid of that ol’ cone-o-shame. If you don’t, FM might have to try applying some yucky tasting bitter apple stuff. I remember reading somewhere that somebody had used that, but mum should consult a vet to be sure.

      admin — December 31, 2009 @ 1:41 pm   

  2. We used the bitter apple. We were told that it shouldn’t hurt him since its not alcohol based (or something like that).

      ldillon81 — December 31, 2009 @ 1:45 pm   

  3. F.M. says –

    Ah yes, I forgot about bitter apple. I still have some from when Yoda was licking his foreleg obsessively (too busy with that to go after his incision – see, he wasn’t a perfect angel, Gerry). Didn’t use it long because I thought he was having an allergic reaction to it, but turned out to be triggered by the chemo (got really goupy eyes).

    I’ll try bitter apple next, if the cone adjustment fails. Though I remember hearing on a pet behavior radio show one time that there are some dogs who LIKE the taste, which can totally backfire.

      GerrysFosterMom — December 31, 2009 @ 2:42 pm   

  4. Aww Gerry, what a bummer! Dude if you’re gonna do something bad, don’t get caught!

    My Mom heard that clove oil is also supposed to keep us from licking and chewing stuff. Sounds pretty harmless and maybe even tasty?

      wyattraydawg — December 31, 2009 @ 7:15 pm   

  5. Whenever Caira has any wounds, nicks or cuts we put tea tree oil on it. Tea Tree works as an antiseptic (and heals her up pretty darn quick too!) and she hates the taste. May work Gerry, may not….but now you are up to at least 3 things to try!

      cairasue — January 2, 2010 @ 1:54 am   

  6. Gerry~
    I totally feel for you! That cone of shame is horrible! Hopefully you will heal quickly and get rid of that stupid thing!

    Atleast you look cool in the cone!

    (Peyton’s brother)

      Peyton's Path — January 9, 2010 @ 3:31 pm   

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