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Replacement for E-Collar (the dreaded CONE)
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27 August 2009 - 12:22 pm
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This is an inflatable collar that left my girl much more comfortable than those horrible cones.  She could eat and drink with it also. 

http://www.pets…..Id=3185093

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27 August 2009 - 6:58 pm
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I tried the comfy cone on Trouble when she had a stubborn hot spot she would not leave alone.  She was mortified.  I ended up returning it.

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Hello, I'm new here and at the very, very beginning.  My beloved Kendra goes for x-rays and a consult in 2 days because my primary vet is concerned about the possibility of bone cancer. So, no diagnosis yet.  But I have to admit it's a strong possibilty.  I find it easier to over-prepare than to worry, so I sprang into research mode and am already eternally grateful for this site and the e-book.  Thank you thank you!! 

And look what I found: The best alternative to an e-collar I've ever seen or heard of. Provisor's Nova Guard. http://www.bigddoghouse.com

I needed the maximum protection from licking because Kendra is flexible, and will be having (at minimum) a growth on one of her back paws removed, and has a long-standing obsessive compulsive problem with her tail…she's a “spinner”, who spins in circles and bites her tail to bleeding when she catches it.  The tail (and paws) are particularly hard to protect, and the soft inflatable collars are not up to the job in a large flexible dog.  But I think the NovaGuard will really do it.

Best yet, when I slipped it over her head for the first time 10 minutes ago, she barely reacted.  She walked down the hallway steadily, and with only the slightest encouragement went out her dog door (with it on!) and then came back in through the dog door.  Eureka!

There's only one U.S. distributor that I could find at this time: Big Dee's Dog House.  There's a youtube video someone put up that shows it in action.  I'm relieved to get her acclimated to it before the surgery.  The growth on her back left leg is coming off, even if a front leg doesn't need to be amputated.  Primary vet said 10 days of cone at minimum just for the growth removal.  Those days just got a lot more bearable for both of us!

You all don't know me yet — this is my first post — so let me say, I have no affiliation with or financial interest in Big Dee's or Provisor.

Deb

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3 December 2011 - 2:46 pm
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Well Deb that is a pawesome tip, thank you. I looked for it in our affiliate advertiser offerings (which help keep Tripawds online), but it does look like that Big Dee’s is the only shop that carries it. We want to know how it works for Kendra after the surgery, would you mind writing a detailed review and sharing it with us (with some pics too)? You can email it to us (PM me) and we’ll publish it in our Gear blog.

Here I am asking you to do something when I haven’t even welcomed you! How rude! So forgive me…welcome to Tripawds. Sorry you had to join, but we’re here to help OK? We realllly hope she doesn’t have bone cancer. Good luck at the appointment, keep us posted ya hear? We look forward to getting to know you both!

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3 December 2011 - 11:00 pm
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Hi Deb

Well, I hope your pup doesn't have cancer but you sure seem to have a good positive attitude in terms of becoming prepared. Too bad they are making you wait to get the x-rays, but I guess weekend sometimes do that to us.

I didn't peek at your collar which sounds great.

Just writing more generally to say that the Comfy Cone worked well for my agile Paddie, following a recent eye surgery ('cosmetic' to correct an eyelid that brushed on his eye). He is a real scratcher all the time, but this worked. Good for eye surgeries (not a big issue for OSA dogs) since it covers the entire face. Once or twice, he put his hind foot in front of his eye and then turn it backwards (luckily he was aiming for his ear and not his eye), but that penny never really dropped so he did not keep doing that.

It was nice when he slept, for it was like a pillow. And it was good when he walked around the house. The original plastic thing was horrible when he slept and when he when he tried to go through doorways.

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