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post #21 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 05:30 PM
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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.
Actually, dog sitters are pretty expensive when you're on a budget. It cost me $50 in one week to get a friend to come feed my cat once a day while I was away for 5 days. That's $10 per visit, and that's pretty much the minimum someone would do that for. Having someone sit with your dog for multiple hours for several days while healing would get pretty pricey pretty quickly. I still think that one would be better off in a safe, dog proofed area.
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post #22 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 06:12 PM
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Actually, dog sitters are pretty expensive when you're on a budget. It cost me $50 in one week to get a friend to come feed my cat once a day while I was away for 5 days. That's $10 per visit, and that's pretty much the minimum someone would do that for. Having someone sit with your dog for multiple hours for several days while healing would get pretty pricey pretty quickly. I still think that one would be better off in a safe, dog proofed area.
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Agreed here. Pet sitters are EXPENSIVE, especially if you expect one to sit at your house the WHOLE day while you're gone. A person whose just paid for surgery on their animal likely couldn't shell that out. Our old dog wore a cone for quite a while, several weeks, as he had drains stitched into his neck. Leaving him with the cone off would have resulted in several thousand more dollars in vet bills and constant ripped out tubes (and blood spattered on the walls whenever he'd shake his head from those tubes) - those things are itchy! So, it was left on. I don't remember if we confined him to the kitchen or not while we left, but he healed up fine. Cat came in recently with a deep gouge in his face - got to wear a cone for a week. It's just not realistic to have a pet sitter EVERY time you need to leave your animal alone. The benefits of wearing a cone on an animal who needs one imo far outweigh the risks.

It was horrible what happened. But, I have to agree with a few who have said they don't blame the cone, any more than I blame the plastic bag. Regular collars kill dogs and cats too, when they get caught, especially those chain ones. Halters kill horses. The littlest things you'd never expect will kill an animal in a freak accident. It's horrid when it happens, but I can't say I ever blame the implement.

Very sorry to hear about what happened regardless. It's never, ever easy to lose a family member.
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post #23 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 08:48 PM
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Thank you for the warning.

My dog was neutered just two days ago and he is currently wearing an e-collar. I work most of the day so he is under my mothers watch. I will definitely inform her of the accidents that can occur and I will pick up any plastic bags that are within his reach.

Again, I wouldn't even think twice about garbage bags. I am very sorry for your loss. :(
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post #24 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 09:24 PM
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What a tragic story! You shouldn't blame yourself though. Accidents happen. A friend of mine (who is a veterinarian) left her dog unattended with a leash on for just a few minutes. She returned to find her dog had jumped onto a seat and then tangled herself in the leash and strangled herself when jumping back down. It was such a sudden, unexpected, freak accident, and she blamed herself. But how many times do dog owners let their dogs run around the house with a leash on for one or two minutes as they get ready to go, or return from a walk? Most of the time, nothing happens, but every once in a while, tragedy strikes. You should always do your best to make your pets' environment safe and keep things that might harm them out of reach, but you can't predict everything. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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post #25 of 35 Old 05-26-2014, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Plastic bags are so dangerous :( we've had dogs get into them before but they've always been able to get them off. The bag, the collar, and the fact that Eli managed to get into the trash can all combined in a perfect storm to result in tragedy.

My brother was home but I say the dog was unattended because when my brother is on the computer or reading nothing else registers in his mind. Therefore, no one was looking after the dog at the time. He blames himself. I really, really don't. It's not his fault either. It's nobody's fault, if he didn't hear the dog he didn't hear the dog.

The past is done now and it can't be changed. We can only make sure it doesn't happen again.

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post #26 of 35 Old 05-27-2014, 10:41 PM
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Sometimes animals do the strangest things, that you would never expect.

My cat with the allergies once ate an entire rubber band. It could have killed him. I found it in the litter box the next day. I thought it was the biggest worm I had ever seen! Until I realized it was a rubber band.
I'm pretty sure rubber bands don't show up on X rays if they get caught! I'm amazed he was able to pass it.

It sounds like it was a freak accident. My mare today decided to roll next to the horse trailer and split her leg open. She had the entire yard to roll in! Only she rolled right next to the trailer, rolled over and kicked her leg under the trailer.

Animals are like little children. They do things that aren't smart, and it only takes a few seconds for something to happen... Even the best parents see their kids get in accidents. My neighbor's kid ran into traffic and had to be airlifted! Scared the daylights out of everyone. She was fine though (broken arm only).
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Terrible things happen every day :( someone I know who keeps a halter on her horse [leather, always leather in case the horse got caught up] had a horse strangle himself when he got his halter caught :( another person I sort of know [owns mum's pony's sire] had a mare bitten by a snake a few days ago. A close friend had a beautiful Highland mare pregnant with a purebred foal decide one day out of the blue to pick a fight with a gate... she lost and with broken ribs and a perforated bowel there wasn't really much the vet could do.

2013-14 has been hellish for people close to me :(

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post #28 of 35 Old 06-06-2014, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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I'm just blown away at the amazing friends my family has.

The day after Eli passed, Mum's closest local friend gave her some money, to be used to get another dog when our hearts were ready. On Wednesday, Mum thought she might start gathering contact details for dog rescues, and rang one of the local vets.

As it happened, one particular dog that had been in that morning was looking for a home. She had wagged her tail too hard into something and split it open, and had been in to get it looked after. So we were put in touch with Greyhound Adoptions Western Australia. We arranged a playdate for Masai and Shay to meet and get to know each other on neutral ground to see if they'd get along, and they did, so this morning, she came home.

It's very soon after our darling E, some might argue too soon, but Shay is a beautiful dog who needed a home and we had a forever loving home to give her. She basically dropped into our laps. Somehow we ended up with another brindle, I have no idea how. We don't look at a dog's appearance, we look at personality. We've had two black and white dogs, a tan and white, Masai [whose colour I'm not sure how to describe] and now two brindles, one dark and one medium.

So, HF, meet Shay <3
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post #29 of 35 Old 06-06-2014, 03:33 PM
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Oh my goodness what a terrible story :( RIP little guy, and good luck with your new dogs, especially well done for rescuing. I never used the 'cone of shame' on my boy, I have one of these: Buster Inflatable Collar, M: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies
It's fantastic - cheap, comfortable and safe - I hope this helps in case you need to use it again.
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post #30 of 35 Old 06-06-2014, 04:17 PM
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Puppies are very good at getting into things, sometimes it is just annoying when they chew something up, sometimes it can be fatal. Because of this I always make sure (whether the pup is in a cone or not) to either kennel them or put them in a room where they only have access to their toys. My current pup goes into the upstairs bathroom with all soap, shampoo, shower curtain, etc. out of his reach. You might try to make an area like this for your new pup to make sure she's safe.

So sorry for you loss, but glad you found a new pup who needed a home and will help heal your pain.
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