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Healing from neuter surgery … need help!

Maestro is almost 7 months old. He was neutered on December 6 and is STILL having to wear the Kong inflatable collar … and I'm looking for ways to get it off of him!

To make a long story short, his incision pulled apart and scabbed over, so we had to leave the Kong collar on him until that healed. That was just before Christmas (just a tiny bit of pink/raw/new skin was left) … took the collar off … and within a couple days it was inflamed and infected. Took him to the vet who cleaned the area well (it scabbed back over), put him on a 10-day course of antibiotics, and had us leave the Kong collar on.

Fast forward to yesterday -- we took the Kong collar off for quite awhile and he did pretty well. Took him for a very short walk, played with him, etc. - and he left the area alone until later in the evening (when he normally gets bitey from being tired) - at which point we put the Kong collar back on. But this morning he will.not.leave.it.alone … and I had to put the Kong collar back on almost immediately so he doesn't reinfect it.

The vet said it was ok if he licked the spot for a minute or two, but we're well past that point - so the collar needs to be on. But we need to get it off him permanently, and I don't know how to get him to stop licking that area. It has healed and scarred - a slightly red, raised bump - but the skin is solid and healthy. I can't believe it bothers him that much? Maybe it's just boredom … but I've tried distractions with his bones and toys and he just drops them on the floor.

Help!!! Any ideas? I have heard/read about the onesie trick … but to be honest, that's just robbing Peter to pay Paul. I'd like to get him back to 100% normal as soon as possible.

Any ideas?
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I'd try a onesie until it is fully healed. I don't see a downside to trying it.

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I agree, try the onesie and see if that helps him "forget" about his incision. Good luck!
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I'd also check in with the vet again for advice. It seems really strange that he's still so bothered by it after all this time!!!


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I agree, try the onesie and see if that helps him "forget" about his incision. Good luck!
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Theoretically, though, the Kong collar is accomplishing the same thing … plus he's used to it. Perhaps I don't understand why the onesie would be different? Anytime we take the Kong collar off, he goes straight for that area - wouldn't it be the same with the onesie?
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I'd also check in with the vet again for advice. It seems really strange that he's still so bothered by it after all this time!!!
Spoke with him earlier this week. Said we should "distract" him with a walk, playtime, etc. -- which works ... until I have to do something else. Then he goes right back to it.
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My thought is that the onesie is different and it covers up the incision so if Maestro doesn't have direct access to the surgical site then hopefully he'll be less interested in licking it (through fabric).
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I'd also check in with the vet again for advice. It seems really strange that he's still so bothered by it after all this time!!!
I second Karen's suggestion. Wonder if there might have been damage to a nerve or something during the procedure that is continuing to bother him.


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First of all, I'm sorry your baby is going through this. Second, my Isabel had an issue with her stitches after her spay surgery. They caused a red raised bump and the doctor had to remove them and use staples. I now know she is allergic to stitches that dissolve. I will try to post a picture, if that helps.
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First of all, I'm sorry your baby is going through this. Second, my Isabel had an issue with her stitches after her spay surgery. They caused a red raised bump and the doctor had to remove them and use staples. I now know she is allergic to stitches that dissolve. I will try to post a picture, if that helps.
A red raised bump is what he has! If you have a picture, that would be great. If he's allergic as well, will they have to open him up again?
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