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Monday, December 24, 2012

This isn't weight-loss related. Just saying that upfront. And it's a little gross. Not super-gross, but a little.

Little Dog is turning into a monster. He's got these lesions on his head, and they keep changing size, based on the antibiotics we give him and the helmets we are making him wear, so that in all his infinite blindness, he doesn't traumatize them by hitting them with the wall. We have to get rid of them, or they'll have to be surgically removed.

We created a helmet with pantyhose, an old sock for padding, and those ouchless pads that are like the white part of a Band-Aid.

We've been dealing with this for months and months and months. I think what has had the most effect on them is the helmet. When he wears it, it gets better. When he doesn't, it gets worse.

But he HATES the helmet, and I'm worried about an Elizabethan collar around his neck. I don't want to HURT him, but I'm so mad at him for not letting me help him get better. So...I have a new idea.

He spends most of his time not snuggling in the kitchen. He has his bed and his heating pad and his bowls and stuff in there. It's his dog cave. After my move, I realized I had toooooo many sheets and linens. So, I'm thinking I'll just helmet the entire kitchen. I'm going to go get liquid starch to spray on the wall and stick the linens on. And fabric adhesive to fold the sheets up into maybe 12" strips. I considered buying baby bumpers, but even Walmart's are $20 a pop.

Any other ideas? Tips? Do you think this is dumb? I'm at my wit's end.

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    Woahh... hmmm... Idk! Do the collars really hurt them? poor Sammie. I wish I had some ideas, but I kinda agree with STILLWATERSSB
    1685 days ago
    Brenda, I've been mostly away from SP for a while, & just realized that I had somehow gotten unsubscribed from your blog! So sorry. And I'm really sorry Sammy is having these terrible woes. I hope you can find a solution that's good for both him & you!

    1688 days ago
    Oops...just seeing this, but...I think the starch on the wall would not be a good idea. I believe it will mess up the paint/wall and any future painting. Probably not a good idea if you are renting. I like the bumper idea. Check around you for used baby stores, and second hand places. You should be able to get them way cheaper than you think. Yard sales are also another great place to find them, but you will have to wait for spring up there before yard sale season starts up again. Also try any local flea markets.
    Hope everything else is going well for you! Have a Happy New Year!! emoticon
    1696 days ago
    The collar would probably be less work. I think you could get him used to it by pairing putting the collar on with giving a preferred treat at the same time. What causes the lesions and what time frame are you looking at to have them removed?
    1697 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    my vote is the collar too...........

    Merry Christmas to you and yours enjoy today....

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    1698 days ago
    I'd go with the collar. You can remove it after the lesions heal. What does the vet recommend?

    On a related subject - Do anyone know how to keep my cat from throwing up 3 or 4 times a week? I'm really tired of the mess. She's not losing weight or anything, she just has a nervous stomach. She's been doing this for years.
    1699 days ago
    I agree with the e-collar they make soft ones... A quick Internet search found this: (copy/paste into browser)


    Good luck! emoticon
    1699 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/24/2012 2:16:06 PM
  • MARTY728
    I am a dog person and have 3 dogs (2 large and 1 medium) that are indoors pets. I would go with the Elizabethan collar. It will be better for the dog, you and your home.
    1699 days ago
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