I wonder what Elizabeth I would think of this medical device being named after her and her fashionable ruff? It certainly looks like you wouldn't be able to scratch yourself while wearing Elizabeth's stylish neck adornment.
But I guess that is the whole point of a pet E-collar after all - to stop your pet from scratching at wounds while healing.
|The Ermine Portrait of Elizabeth I of England c 1585 |
Attributed to William Segar - http://www.artfund.org/what-to-see/exhibitions/2013/10/10/elizabeth-i-and-her-people, Public Domain PD-1923, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17871
While she was drowsy from the operation we didn't need to worry too much about Geri disturbing her stitches, however the wonderful team at the Swan Veterinary Hospital did bandage her rear paw just in case she started to scratch herself, I had to replace that bandage within hours of her returning home because she got it all wet.
Geri had a hard time for the first 24 hours after surgery and after phoning the clinic we decided to increase her pain meds for a short while, but it wasn't long before she was feeling perky enough to start licking at her stitches.
Before she went in for her surgery I had tried using a travel pillow with the ends joined by a strip of elastic to stop her from licking at the horrid lump.
Geri hated the pillow at the time and it was not 100% effective but it did help. If the cushion turned around to the section where I'd added the elastic she could by-pass the pillow and have a lick, however as long as I kept a bit of an eye on her I could reposition the pillow as necessary.
Switching the E-collar for the cushion was very welcome and it's even more effective while she is a bit drowsy from her pain medication, she even sat still long enough for me to take a photo.
The pillow is also much more comfortable to sleep with and we've had good success in keeping it on her head.
I take it off for meals just to keep it clean but she can eat and drink while wearing it without any problems at all.
Keeping her foot bandage on, clean and dry is a completely different story though. I did crochet some booties for her (pattern coming soon) but she lost the first one and she can get them off with a bit of persistence - Geri is the most persistent dog you've ever met - so I've given up on trying to use them for now.
I know it's Friday and some of you may have been expecting a Finish It Friday post, but I just have been too busy looking after my furbaby. I thought I'd be able to sit down and get in some good crocheting and blog work done while she slept peacefully but every time I tried there seems to have been something that Geri needed attending to, from pats and reassurance to drinks, help to go outside, a new foot bandage or protection from being poked and prodded by a curious Freki.
I'm sure Geri will be back to her adorable obnoxious self in no time.
So tell me, have you ever had to use bucket-head on your pets?