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Old 07-03-2007, 06:08 PM
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Please help anyone!!!!!! Seamus got neutered yesterday, and we can't keep the elizabethan collar (lampshade) on him.

He is a sighthound, so he has a little head and a fat neck. Buckle collars won't stay on him. We tried putting his harness on, and then tying/duct taping the collar to his harness, but then he took his harness off over his head with the e-collar attached. It was on it's tighest setting too.

He has ripped out his stitches once....What can we do to keep it on him!?! How do people keep these things on greyhounds? Please help!! The rescue can't afford to have him re-stitched every morning.
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:59 PM
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I only can say that your vet should help ....let us know !!!
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:09 PM
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Well, I took him to the vet to get re-stitched, and talked to them about it. They pretty much just tied it on with a shoelace. I explained that it wouldn't work, and told them everything I did to keep it on him....The techs just rolled their eyes and condescendingly said, "just duct tape it to his collar and he won't get it off." So I pointed out that he has a martingale collar because a buckle collar won't stay on, and that it was taped to a harness and he still got it off which is why he had to come in in the first place.

Aiyee! So frustrating. They were no help. They were just like, " tch, you're going to have to keep it on him somehow because he's stupid and he'll just tear it open again." How do I do that? Should I just ductape it to his fur and apologize profusely when we have to take it off?
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:53 PM
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Guess you need a round the clock watch !! Sorry that this happening to you ...... I stayed with all my dogs 24 hrs a day if they needed me .
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:23 AM
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Looks like you are on the night watch. happened to me when Squirt was spayed, didn't sleep like for three days.
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:13 PM
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We ductaped it to his harness again, and then used to ductape to snug up the harness really well. Thankfully, he only managed to get one arm out of the harness last night, the head thingy was still on him.

I wouldn't mind doing a 24 hour watch except that I'm 33 weeks pregnant and he has to wear it for the next 12 days. That and my husband works 12 hour shifts 6 days a week, so that kind of puts him out as well. Hopefully the extra ducttape will work.

Does anybody know if a muzzle would stop him from licking if he got the collar off? What kind of muzzle? I'm thinking it might be good to put one on him while we sleep, just in case so he doesn't have to go through this again.
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:29 PM
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Silly Seamus!

Here's something I've heard of but never tried:

take a large towel, fold it into thirds lengthwise until you have a long strip that has a width about the length of your dog's neck, then wrap it around the dog's neck numerous times (being careful not to inhibit breathing or swallowing, obviously) and tape it well with duct tape, you should end up with a stiff, cervical collar-looking thing around the dog's neck that only inhibits its ability to bend its neck around far enough to lick. If the dog can still reach, you need a wider strip, or a thicker towel.

Since he is apparently a Houdini dog, it may not work, but it's the only idea I've got, other than a muzzle. You may have to try a muzzle such as this:

http://www.morrco.com/wirbasdogmuz.html

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Old 07-04-2007, 04:40 PM
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Yay! Thank you for the link. I'll see if someone in the rescue has one, and if not then try to find someone around here that sells them.
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You need to get him a bite-not collar. Call petstores local to you (I don't know if anyone is open today) and it will prevent him from licking and he shouldn't be able to get it off.

http://www.bitenot.com/


most dogs can still lick through a greyhound/basket muzzle, so that won't help (and in addition that will irritate the skin).

A towel can be used, but it is often hard to get the towel tight enough on a dog with a long neck - you need multiple towels usually.
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Old 07-04-2007, 05:32 PM
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Oh my gosh dober! I had no idea something like that exists! That would be perfect for Seamus, and also keep him from goosing the backs of our knees with that horrible lampshade. Yay! I'll call some petstores, if they aren't open today they will be tomorrow, and that will save everyone another week and a half of misery. *hugs*
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