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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.