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Our 4 year old lab, Sully had her surgey yesterday and she came home this evening. She is doing great and has already walked to the yard to potty. I am concerned with the licking, though. She was not sent home with a cone and she has been licking the wound. I am gathering that this is not good? Any advice to get us through the night without messing something up? I can call the vet in the morning and ask if they meant to send her with a cone or not… is licking bad?
25 April 2007
Hello Miranda, thanks for posting. Your future posts won’t need approval so post away. Sorry I missed you in the Tripawds Chat tonight. I’m there for another hour or so if you happen to make it back here before I shut down for the night.
Sorry to hear about Sully’s amputation. What was the reason for the surgery? She’s a young gal!
You are correct, don’t let her lick. Put a t-shirt on her ASAP and let the vet know that you need a cone pronto!
Keep us posted and let us know what other questions you have OK? We are here to help!
Hello and welcome.
Did she lose a front or back leg?
As Jerry said put a tee shirt on if a front amp, you might use boxer shorts or something similar if it is a back leg- tail goes through the fly.
What pain med regimen is she on? The licking could be a pain sign so something else to discuss with the vet if you think she is in pain.
Let us know how she is doing tomorrow and what the vet says about a cone. There are also some alternatives discussed in this blog post and links at the bottom of the post.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
Thank y’all for your help! We made a make shift cone with a towel rolled around her neck for the night and it helped a little bit. She slept by our bed so I could hear her if she licked and was able to tell her no and she would stop. She has her back left leg amputated. Sadly, she got out and was hit by a car and the damage was too bad to repair. I’m calling the vet to ask about the licking and blood oozing this morning. It’s not much but I think that’s just what she’s trying to clean up. She seems comfortable as far as pain goes and she’s a champ when it comes to having to walk outside to go potty. She does the little 6” step off the porch perfectly. I’m pretty pleased with her mobility so far. I’ll try the boxers! Thank you!
My Pug Maggie lost her left rear to a mast cell tumor. Between her short nose and Buddha belly she couldn’t reach her incision so I didn’t need a cone 🙂
Good job using a towel!
My current Tripawd is a little Pug mix who lost a rear leg after being hit by a car at 7 months old. Elly is almost 4 now and doing great.
Sounds like Sully is doing well so far,
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
22 February 2013
Catch up on your sweet Sully. Can only say DITTO to the great advice you’ve gotten.
Stay connected and let us know how things are going when you get a chance.
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!