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  • Other than using the cone for your. dog is there any thing i can use so not too iratate leg injury

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    05-25-2014, 10:30 AM
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Green Broke
Im sorry this happened to you, but was it really the fault of the cone? This is really a freak accident, no one could have predicted this.
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    05-25-2014, 10:30 AM
  #12
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There's a huge risk of infection or injury if a dog or cat is chewing at the surgery site. Personally, with precautions taken, I think that it's a risk worth taking. When my parents chihuahua broke his leg as a puppy he had to wear one to protect the $1000 surgery and plate he had in his leg. Had he chewed on this site he could have destroyed the surgery and further injured himself, not to mention the infection risk. If you take the collar off when you are gone to work for an 8 hour day then your pet can do a heck of a lot of damage to the surgery site. What about normal collars? There is still a risk involved, but I would rather know that someone can identify my pet if he escapes.

What happened to your family's pet is truly horrible, and absolutely devastating, especially because you were trying to do the responsible thing. But, these collars are a great tool in preventing complications from surgery. I just don't want folks reading this and choosing to not use one because of one negative experience. Read the information out there and make an informed decision. Neutering IS a relatively invasive surgery, and there is always a certain level of risk involved.

I am sorry to hear about your family pet. I WILL remember this as an example of why to think carefully about their surroundings while wearing collars of any sort :(
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    05-25-2014, 10:45 AM
  #13
Green Broke
This is why they say to puppy proof. Dogs like any other animal can get into everything. I would not have left trash can where a dog can get to it especially one with a cone on. Just me but I'm weird about that stuff. Even my ex boyfriends dog would go inn his kennel with his cone when we werent home as we knew he'd get himself in to trouble.
It is up to the owner to create a safe environment, I am sorry for your loss but it should not deter you or anyone else from using one. It was a preventable insident and a albeit harsh lesson learned.

Rip little guy
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    05-25-2014, 11:24 AM
  #14
Trained
The cone is a great invention and I don't regret it being on him but I would NEVER leave a dog unattended with one on again. It's not that hard to find a dog-sitter...

Also BRA I find your comments to be a little insensitive, you can THINK it was our fault all you like but it's incredibly rude to state it.
     
    05-25-2014, 11:47 AM
  #15
Green Broke
It is not insensitive, you are blaming the cone however you are the one who left the dog alone, in an area he could get himself into trouble. Even without a cone I woulndnt leave a trash can in reach due to things they can choke on, have lodged in intestines etc.

Don't blame the tool for something that was preventable. Im sorry you guys lost your dog but it isnt the fault of the cone.
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    05-25-2014, 11:51 AM
  #16
Trained
Do me a favour and don't post in this thread again. The cone did contribute. There were a number of factors, and yes, had any one of them not been present, he would be absolutely fine. We are dog people, have been for many many years, and have never had a problem with the way we have our trash can set up.
     
    05-25-2014, 12:23 PM
  #17
Green Broke
The only reason the cone contributed was because the trash can was left within reach. Again this is not the fault of the cone. When properly and safely contained dogs are left unattended with them all the time. We've never once had one cause a problem or kill an animal.

You can blame the cone all you want but I will stick by my opinion in the cone had very little to do with it.

Again I am sorry for your loss but don't go around spreading nonesense that these are unsafe or that it killed your dog. It didnt.
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    05-25-2014, 12:29 PM
  #18
Trained
As I have said at least twice in this thread, I fully support the use of the cone. However I do NOT support leaving a dog unattended with one on. Dog sitters are NOT that expensive and NOT hard to find so if you physically can't be with your pet all the time when it has a cone on, at least get a dog sitter.
     
    05-25-2014, 01:54 PM
  #19
Yearling
Sorry to hear about this, I would take this as a lesson learned. Although I too wouldn't blame the cone.
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    05-25-2014, 02:12 PM
  #20
Trained
The first thing we're doing is sorting out a dog-proof trash can. The place we have it is the only place a halfway decent sized trash can will fit in our kitchen [older house, small kitchen, sigh] and we THOUGHT the can we had was dog-proof but apparently not. Never had an issue for years and years and then we met a Catahoula cross Australian Pig Dog puppy... never underestimate the tenacity of a pig hunting dog. He wasn't smarter than the Border Collies we've had but he WAS more stubborn.

Then we're going to concentrate on healing our hearts. Maybe, when we're ready, we might look into fostering for a shelter. Or maybe I'll look at getting a Great Dane puppy. Mum doesn't think she wants to get another dog for herself. My Ridgeback cross needs a companion and human company is not enough so realistically if Mum doesn't get another dog I need to, because Masai is very much a one person dog and I really doubt I could find someone she respected enough to actually listen to. But we need to mourn Eli properly first.
     
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