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post #1 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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URGENT WARNING to anyone who has a dog or cat

Elizabethan collars aka the cone of shame are meant to stop your pet from licking its surgery site. They do that job VERY well. Unfortunately they also have their dangers.

I am NOT recommending they not be used. Far from it, I think they're brilliant.

But DO NOT EVER EVER LEAVE YOUR PET UNATTENDED WITH ONE ON.

Mum's beautiful puppy passed away this morning while we were at the barn. He broke into the trash, got a plastic bag out of it, and got his head stuck. Because of the collar he couldn't get it off and suffocated.

If I can save even one animal's life... even one person this heartbreak, guilt, and shock... by sharing this experience, then maybe his death won't be in vain.
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post #2 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 12:14 AM
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I am SO sorry to read this.

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I'm sitting here in utter shock and disbelief unable to breathe with tears streaming down my face. I feel sick. We've had an absolute horror run the past 9 months and I'm honestly this freaking close to giving up on having animals altogether, it's horrible, what did we ever do to deserve this?

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post #4 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 12:29 AM
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No one could have foreseen that. However, it must've been horrible, and I'm so sorry you all went through that
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post #5 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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It just kills me... he was wearing the cone after being neutered. We were trying to be responsible pet owners and now he's dead...

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I'm so sorry. I lost my dog to acute kidney failure. I still ask myself why? What did I do to deserve this? Why my favorite dog? He was young and the vet really didn't have any answers.

My cat has been wearing the cone for months and I do worry about him. He has severe allergies and rips his face apart. We've tried everything. Steroids allergy medication and allergy shots with no effect. Poor boy. I don't know what else to try.
It is tough being a pet parent.
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post #7 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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I guess all you can do is be careful 4horses - and make sure your bin is dog proof, or in your case cat proof. That's going to be the first thing we do and it's probably going to be quite a while before we get our next family member. Our surviving dog doesn't cope well without another dog [she bed-wets out of stress] but our hearts just can't handle taking on someone else right now.

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4horses, Are you feeding your cat commercial food? Try switching it to human food for a while with a little canned tuna/salmon, liver plus a few peas and carrots mashed in. No one knows what's really in pet foods. Why would any carnivore eat wheat gluten, yet it is the primary ingredient in many cat foods. A friend's little dog went thro this, scratching like she had mange. She was even on steroids. It was the soy meal that is prevalent in so many dog meals. Once she was on soy free foods, mostly house scraps her condition cleared up and she was off the steroids within the month as they must be tapered off.
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post #9 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Very good ideas Saddlebag - cats do best on a raw meat diet. They are, after all, carnivores. Dogs are somewhat omnivorous [mine have always been very omnivorous, I haven't had a dog that didn't like carrots lol] so they can cope with more vegetable matter in their diet.

In Australia it's easy to get kangaroo meat especially for feeding to pets. It's a very healthy meat and I haven't met a carnivorous or omnivorous animal that didn't like it [except humans, because a lot of humans don't like the gamey flavour]. It was the only meat I could give to my senior dog who I lost in February [stroke, she was 14] due to skin problems. She was allergic to chicken, beef and lamb. She could handle fish and she could handle kangaroo.
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The vet doesn't think he has food allergies. I've tried various limited ingredient diets, hypoallergenic diets and a food trial of raw. It didn't help.

He has all the classic symptoms of allergies and even gets itchy eyes. It is possible he has pemphigus (an autoimmune disease). I think I need to get him tested for that next, but if it is that, he would have to go back on steroids but they make his urinary issues worse.

He definitely is a complicated cat to treat!
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