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Don't want to monopolize the forum with all my questions. Hopefully the last one for a while.

I have Skye scheduled for neutering the first part of October. Will entail abdominal surgery, not just a simple slit and snip. Have any of you had success with the neck donut type devices? I can't imagine him being happy in a cone of shame for an extended recovery.


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Yes, we used the donut shaped soft blowup cone and it worked very, very well. Have used those awful plastic cones for other dogs in past and when I found the soft donut, I was very happy not to have to use the old fashion ones. In reading reviews, it appears that some dogs with long necks are able to reach the stitches with this type but with Havanese, that seems unlike and we did not see her getting around it to reach them. We also used it a couple of times since then to keep her from chewing herself when she had some periods of skin itchiness.
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Thanks Cassandra. It will be worth at least giving it a try.



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Also consider a onesie, meant for a human baby. Many of us have used those with great sucess to protect abdominal surgeries. They tend to be very comfy for the dog.
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Willow wore a onesie when she got spayed. It worked pretty good. I a dog onesie as I have never had kids so didn't know about human onesies!
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How do you use the onesie? Do you leave it open over the elimination ports or do you have to open it up for potty breaks?

Jackie, Willow doesn't look especially thrilled to be wearing it. But at least it's better than a cone.


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Here is a photo of Cassie wearing her soft donut. No issues with bathroom breaks is one reason why I went this way. Never could figure out what people did with onesies and potty!
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How do you use the onesie? Do you leave it open over the elimination ports or do you have to open it up for potty breaks?

Jackie, Willow doesn't look especially thrilled to be wearing it. But at least it's better than a cone.


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You put it on backwards, so the snaps snap around the dog’s tail. Then when it’s time to take the dog out to potty, you unsnap it, roll it forward of all “appropriate parts” the dog potties, you roll it back down and snap it up.


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My 13 pound little guy was neutered 2 weeks ago at 8.5 months old. The Suitical Recovery Suit for Dogs (size small) on amazon and donut size M worked out great using them together. I tried the cone but he shook it off in a few minutes. He was on some meds for 6 days to keep him from doing his zoomies. The donut, suit and meds were enough to deter him from "exploring" and allowed us to sleep at night. I was able to leave him for an hour or so after the 7th day with the suit and donut (with a little camera on him . I am sure your pup will be fine as well. It helped for us to have two onesies- one in the wash while wearing the other. My pup had a little regression with his potty training but he got back on track when we went back to going out every 30-40 min. Wishing you and your pup the best!




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