injuries and issues on the face and head area of cats and dogs.

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Some veterinarians then place a surgical drain to help drain out any fluid that may form after surgery, while others leave a portion of the incision open to drain on its own. The dog’s ear is then flipped up against his head, and an elastic bandage is applied to hold the ear tightly against the head, keeping it in place in case the dog shakes his head after surgery. Lastly, the vet will fit the dog with an Elizabethan collar (e-collar) so the dog can’t scratch at the bandage. Sutures are left in place for anywhere from 2- 3 weeks until the ear is completely healed.
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Forget the Comfy Cone for small- to medium-sized dogs. I bought one for my 22-lb. Cocker after surgery. The flat panels do not conform to the head shape of a small dog, they transmit no light at all (which at least the typical plastic cone does), and they restrict the field of sight considerably more than regular cones. She hated it and I can see why; comfort isn't everything - this is just bad design for small- to medium-sized dogs. Some of the other soft collars in this article look like they're worth trying the next time she needs to be kept from chewing or itching a healing wound, though. Stock Footage of Dog looking a view with a veterinarian head collar to protect eye after surgery
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My six month old Sheltie, Sami, was neutered on February 8. I wish I had read this article prior to his surgery because it has been dreadful having him wear this large, hard plastic cone. It is huge because although Sami's neck is only 11 inches his nose is long - like you expect a Sheltie to have and he could reach his stitches with the cone that fit his neck size. When we brought him home wearing the cone he first shook his head in a fit as if he was manic. Once he realized he couldn't get it off he simply laid on the floor. He wouldn't eat unless I hand feed him and he wouldn't drink water. I had to feed him ice chips and moniter his urine output to make sure he was hydrated. We read about the ProCollar about 8 days after the surgery by which time he had started to eat and would walk with me in the yard. I called our Vet who had no experience at all with the ProCollar. We talked with a clerk at the pet store and didn't purchase the ProCollar because we were concerned that if it didn't work Sami might tear his stitches and we would be back to Day 1 with the cone. I read some reviews on the ProCollar and some dogs punctured the collar causing it to deflate which allowed the dog to bite their wound or stitches. However, I read about some collars that had a canvas interior so I think there are different manufacturers. Another alternative I read about is the Thunder Shirt which is a Shirt that wraps around and is secured with velcro. It didn't seem long enough and I was afraid the velcro would be easily removed by Sami. It is now only 4 days until Sami's stitches will be removed and thank goodness this horrible cone with be gone. However, Sami did an amazing job of adapting. I throw him his ball and while he cannot see it he listens for the sound of the bounce and when it hits the floor he runs in that direction, finds it and runs back to me. Our Vet said Sami couldn't play outside because he would get dirt in the wound but today he was bouncing off the walls with the need to run so 10 days post-op I let him run to his hearts content outside. I wiped his stitches with a warm, soapy cloth but he really wasn't dirty. If Sami needs surgery in the future (and my first two Shelties both had several surgeries over the course of their lifetimes), I will be prepared with a comfortable alternative to the hard, plastic cone. However, I am very disappointed that my Vet has made no efforts to investigate alternatives to the hard cones which are simply unacceptable.This post reminds me of a story from when my father was a boy: their family dog required surgery and wore an e-collar for a few days after. Their neighbor, after seeing the dog in the yard, frantically ran up to the house yelling “He’s got a bucket on his head!” in her strong Irish accent. She was glad to learn that everything was ok!Elizabethan collars or E-collars are plastic "hoods" or cones placed around the head to prevent an animal from licking at a surgery site, wound or dressing. It is natural for dogs to lick their wounds but this can seriously delay healing and result in infection or injury. It is important that a protective collar is used, especially when the dog is unattended and could inadvertently injure itself. Most dogs will get used to the collar after a few hours. You can ease the transition by keeping your pet in a confined space where there are no small moveable objects such as stools, chairs and tables which would move if knocked.
"Ensure that any valuable objects are placed in a safe place to prevent accidental damage."
How sorry I felt for my mix, Pelle, when I learned he needed to have invasive surgery to remove several bladder stones and would be stuck in a head cone for two weeks. My vets regularly call the stiff, plastic neck device — designed to keep dogs from licking at their incisions after surgery — Elizabethan or E-collars, referring to the starched and dignified ruffs worn by the fashionable set of 16th-century Europe.