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We had great luck using an inflatable collar like this:
Our dog was really freaked out by the traditional cone but tolerates this one well! We also have a surgical suit, but haven’t needed to use it yet. Good luck!
It might help to elevate the bowls while he's got the cone on. Placing them on top of shoe boxes or any low surface could work. But like the others here have said, it's not concerning if he doesn't eat for 24 hours. This amount of time will not hurt him.
He will figure out how to navigate with the cone on, you just have to give him time to get used to it. He will bump into things, heck I bump into walls without a cone on!
If he starts chewing on the cone, there are the soft rings that people use instead of the plastic cones ([link])
I know some people are able to put clothes on the animal to keep them from liking their surgical site but that might be more for cats.
I'm not sure if I understand you concern with walking him. Are you worried about meeting other dogs on a walk? - move to the other side of the street. Are you worried about encountering loose dogs? - turn around and walk away from the loose dog.
If you want, you can always call your vet and talk about your concerns to get their advice as well!
There are also inflatable collars! Our big guy is about 120 pounds and requires a VERY LARGE cone which he uses to destroy the house and eventually tries to chew off. We went with an inflatable collar and never looked back.
Inflatable Recovery Collar
I was scared of the same thing, but I never heard more than "awh, poor baby" as hes bouncing around gleefully (?).
And think more like 6-8 months of posting. But its really not as bad as it sounds. I didn't mind it, it just became part of our routine.
You'll definitely want to get one of these for after the crop, so she wont try to scratch. My guy loves sleeping in this thing, because he could watch us til he fell asleep without even having to lift his head lol. He's still just as lazy.
I'm not going to make it sound all fun and glam, but its not terrible either. Prima Dobermans even sells the full kit you'd need for posting the entire time, and offer their own set of directions. I just got my stuff off amazon for cheap.
I know your pain. We used these cone alternatives when my pups got neutered, and they worked out pretty well.
The first day is always the hardest, but over time I’ve found that they get pretty used to it. If she’s able to walk, give her plenty of outside time as this will stimulate her mentally and help her relax at home.
You can also try stuffing some kongs with something yummy (peanut butter, cheesy rice, chicken, etc.) but you might have to hold it for her.
I used this donut pillow on my dog when she couldn’t stand the cone! Hopefully it ships to UK :)
BENCMATE Protective Inflatable Collar for Dogs and Cats - Soft Pet Recovery Collar Does Not Block Vision E-Collar [link]
I highly suggest (what our house affectionately calls) a “floatation device “ saves your knees and furniture. Also good for stairs and eating / drinking. My dog likes it so much better, she uses it as a built in pillow wherever she goes!
When our pup was spayed, she also did horrible with the cone, so we got her one of these. It’s basicslly the same thing as the travel pillow but it’s securable so they can be left alone.
We invested in one of these tubes after our little guy ripped open an armpit tumor. These are a lot better for the dog's awareness of their surroundings.
We call it "donut of dignity" v. the "cone of shame".
I pictured something like this: [link]
And you can probably find a crochet pattern for doughnuts and adapt it maybe?
Poor Charlie! All of /r/Pugs is rooting for your recovery.
To let him sniff where he wants to pee, I would recommend a recovery collar like this which lets them sniff things, it's made a lot of difference for our Laddu: https://www.amazon.com/Protective-Inflatable-Collar-Dogs-Collar/dp/B0725C3RJX/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=dog+recovery+inflatable&qid=1611263107&sr=8-5
Awww, poor thing... healing vibes being sent. Think about investing in something like this: [link]
Yikes! 2 weeks is a long time to be in that cone. This would really be more comfy for her. I got it for my dog and she really enjoys it.
Are you outside of the US? I can see it on Amazon and I think that’s where I got the one for my dog. example
Just FYI: they make a version of these that is just basically like an inflatable donut that goes around their neck which prevents them from bending their neck enough to chew at stiches for most surgeries. It's a lot more comfortable for them than the cone since it doesn't block their peripheral vision, and is generally less cumbersome. https://www.amazon.com/Protective-Inflatable-Collar-Dogs-Collar/dp/B0725C3RJX/
So my dog was actually totally cool with the plastic cone. It took him an hour or so to figure out he needed to give walls a wider berth than usual but then he was fine eating, sleeping, walking, etc. with the plastic cone from the vet. It was kind of complicated to put on, so I was happy to just leave it on him most of the time.
I did buy a comfy cone and a donut cone to have just in case. The comfy cone ended up being too short for his snout (although he loves playing with it/chewing on it so I kept it, lol). The donut cone was good when I was supervising him and allowed him to hold toys better, but I used the plastic cone whenever I couldn't supervise b/c he could get around the donut cone to lick his suture area if he wanted.
I think the biggest thing that helped us was pain meds from the vet for the first 2-3 days. He didn't seem to notice his suture site at all and by the time we ran out of meds, he had adjusted to the "new normal" of the cone.
Here is the comfy cone I bought: https://shop.petpeople.com/products/comfy-cone-e-collar-for-dogs-cats-black-4/
Here is the donut: https://www.amazon.com/Protective-Inflatable-Collar-Dogs-Collar/dp/B0725C3RJX/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=dog+donut+collar&qid=1611071364&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFEVTdSUklLRTQzQTImZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAxMzM5MjgzQzJDOFhJQzRSVTFaJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAwNTA2NDAyU1gyMFBDQlZIMlhLJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
I second that. My dog had surgery and HATED the cone. She just cried and cried. I got this inflatable collar off Amazon and she was a happy girl: [link]
This is the best budget friendly air collar I could find:
Found ours at a local pet store, but they sell it on amazon as well!
When I got my lab mix neutered I used a travel pillow like thing. He wasn't able to get to the incision and allowed him to sleep more comfortably. [link]
We used a more comfortable inflatable collar as opposed to a plastic cone and I think it made a big difference. Good luck!
Have you looked into the dog airplane pillow type cones? A friend of mine had her puppy spade and is currently using one.
I’m so sorry! I hope he gets better soon. When my dog had surgery we bought her this inflatable cone from Amazon. She appreciated it way more than the plastic cone.
After surgery for tumor biopsy, my poor boy kept slamming that damn cone into everything. Furniture, our legs, his brothers, etc. I found a soft collar alternative and he was sooo much more comfortable! It worked fabulously.
BENCMATE Protective Inflatable Collar for Dogs and Cats - Soft Pet Recovery Collar Does Not Block Vision E-Collar(Large) [link]