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Licking after surgery

My boys were castrated today. In addition to that, Watson had a hernia repaired and some teeth pulled. He will have to go back to get the hernia stitches out in 10 days. They of course want to lick. How much licking is alright? Every time they do I say no and try to distract them. I can't watch them all night. Watson is doing well. When we got home he went straight to the food and then outside to do his business. Einstein on the other hand seems depressed and walks and sits gingerly. But he is my thinker and I know he is wondering WTH just happened. He would take a treat and his 1 tsp of yogurt. He loves that. Thanks for the well wishes everyone. I was a wreck.

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No licking. Didn't the vet send them home with cones? You might want to call and ask if they have them. There's no way you'll be able to keep them licking...you have to sleep sometime!

When my boys were neutered they were both sorta wonked out and miserable for the first few days. Your lucky little Watson is feeling so spry!

I'm glad the surgeries went well for them. A few days to recover and I'm sure they'll both be doing much better!
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I had Rosie spayed yesterday. Vet didn't say a word about licking and if I hadn't beenon this forum lately, I wouldn't have worried about it at all as I did not ever with any of my other females including the odd cat. So las night, I fretted until I had to sleep and finally put a bandage over the stitches and this morning went straight to the Dollar General up the street and got the onesies. I really think that if it mattered the Vet would have said so; but being paranoid, I decided to go with you folks. It was the pain that got to me. She whimpered and was very uncomfortable most of the night. My husband gave us the bed and slept elsewhere. But the good news is that she started eating at lunch today--my turkey sandwich called her name and then she decided on her on that she could walk. But mostly just laying around and thankfully no pain.
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Pixie was very loopy from the drugs the day I brought her home. I would give the onesie a try. Matting can be removed, and I don't recall that much matting from it afterward.
I hope the boys and Rosie are recovering speedily.

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I'd use a onesie or a collar. You can get inflatable collars that are so much better than the cone! Scooter was the most pitiful thing ever with that cone on, I'll never use one of those again!

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I had Rosie spayed yesterday. Vet didn't say a word about licking and if I hadn't beenon this forum lately, I wouldn't have worried about it at all as I did not ever with any of my other females including the odd cat. So las night, I fretted until I had to sleep and finally put a bandage over the stitches and this morning went straight to the Dollar General up the street and got the onesies. I really think that if it mattered the Vet would have said so; but being paranoid, I decided to go with you folks. It was the pain that got to me. She whimpered and was very uncomfortable most of the night. My husband gave us the bed and slept elsewhere. But the good news is that she started eating at lunch today--my turkey sandwich called her name and then she decided on her on that she could walk. But mostly just laying around and thankfully no pain.
Emphasis mine.

Find a new vet. Honestly, now. I can't imagine what kind of vet wouldn't tell someone to keep their dog from licking the incision! It can be horrible for them if they lick it and manage to get the incision open again... it has happened on this forum before and to other people I know. They have to go back in and get the dog re-stitched, most times having to be put under again! It's no fun for you, your dog, or anyone else involved. Not to mention if your dog pulls out the stitches when you're not looking and ends up bleeding all over the place! It's very traumatic to go through surgery as is, it's even worse if you have to go back that soon after to repair damage!

LuckyOne, get either a onesie or a cone to keep yours from getting at the stitches there should be zero licking allowed and you can't watch them constantly!


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when j.j. got his fix, he came home with pain meds. he was pretty good about not licking so no prob, but instructions were that if he were to lick, to get the collar.
i was sooo glad not to need it. years past had a cocker that had to wear that thing many times for many different reasons and i hated it!! i don't know how it can't hurt them when then keep banging that thing into their necks!! i love the onsie's idea!! if i knew when he got fixed, i would have had some on hand.
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