Last week, I took JoJo to be spayed. She loves car rides and enjoyed the trip, and she even enjoyed the Vet who cooed over her playing with her on her level on the floor. I will tell you that when it came to taking her temperature, things changed. I was standing across from her, and she immediately shot a look at me with pinned back ears. I said “it’s OK” and her stair back to me said “no… it’s not OK.” At least she didn’t have to turn her head and cough, and it was over quick. Thank God for fast reading digital thermometers…
|JoJo very stylish|
While picking her up later that day, JoJo was a little groggy but glad to see me. We chatted with the Vet, and she explained her procedures and aftercare for the surgery. Being through all of this with my dogs and the many rescue dogs we’ve had, I have been here many times and are familiar with what to do, and then the Vet said something that stuck with me. “The easy part is done, now comes the hard part.” Truer words were never spoken.
When I worked for a Vet, it was the best job I ever had. So many different things to see and learn and you worked with man’s best friends. We had surgery every day, and I assisted in most of them, but that is the easy part. The aftercare is hard, and when JoJo’s Vet said the same thing, I had to agree.
|The second cone in one day, she would run into things.|
With the rescues, we see a lot of spays and neuters which means lots of aftercare, and even with my dogs, there is always something going on or injuries that they get while playing and running. Over the years, we’ve tried everything to keep a dog from pulling at their stitches, once even tearing out the sutures which resulted in an open abdomen. They will not leave them alone for several reasons, some from the natural instinct to clean and wash the area and sometimes because the hair is cut around the incision and it itches when growing back. Both can be a problem when they don't stop or leave it alone.
|This was worse than the cone.|
Being a past scuba diver, we would wear a wetsuit or a “farmer John shortie” that was tight and protection for your body. As a deep thinker, I have said many times if somebody could invent one for a dog, it would be comfortable and would not be restrictive at all. Life could go on as usual, and the wound could heal. When Abbie was sick, she would lick her legs where she got her Chemo treatments because they were right in front of her and she did. If it weren’t for someone sending me some home remedy tips, we would have lost her mind, but it worked, hard but it works. I’ve even gone in Wal-Mart getting a "onesie" for a child and cutting it up to try to make it work but didn’t, somebody has got to invent something I always thought.
|This was the only solution we had at the time.|
Low and behold, last year I was scouring the internet and found something too good to be true. It looked good, information was excellent and informative, and I wondered... The product was called “Shed Defender,” and I thought if it could keep dog hair in, it could keep a dog’s tongue out. Closer reading also said “The Shed Defender® has medical purposes as well. Use it to replace the bulky, uncomfortable, medical cone; works by covering up any wounds, surgical sites, hot spots, etc.” OH MY God… could it be. I quickly ordered one and was impressed when it came in. We had a rescue dog that was just neutered and needed something because he was active and eager to lick where his lost parts once were.
It worked for the duration and healing was complete. Since then we have exclusively used the Shed Defender for all of our surgeries. Just yesterday, one of our rescues had an ACL surgery and will require protection from the incision. I had already sent one of the “Shed Protectors” to her via mail, and it fit like a glove, and she will not have to wear the cone.
|Piper with her "Shed Defender."|
Am I promoting the ‘Shed Defender.” You bet, working in the field and having the number of surgeries we have, it is a blessing. Thank God someone invented a product that is easy to work with and actually helps the life of a dog that is already suffering from the ills of surgery and can stay out of the cone. Ken
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