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Country LIfe, Dogs and Vets

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posted on Aug, 9 2019 @ 06:32 PM
We have this symbiotic relationship with our large animal Vet, raising cattle and all. As such, we get first priority in the clinic for most all of our animals. We can call in the middle of the night and get a call back from the Vet on duty.

So, yesterday, the Australian Shepard damaged his foot somehow. At first I thought it was superficial, and we treated it as such. But, later I got to looking at his injury and it was bad. Very bad. He'd somehow torn the main pad on his foot almost completely off. He was a hurtin' pup!!

I just got out of the Vet's office last week with out other dog the Australian Cattle Dog (ACD). He breaks his nails way up into the nail-bed on a regular basis, but the injury on this other dog was far more serious.

Rhode (pronounced 'Roadey") wasn't even limping when we came in after grading the road. Then he started limping. By the morning he was limping and only walking on (3) feet, which is hard for him because he only has one back hip (the other was removed). Poor guy was hurting!

So, over the weekend we bandaged him (which he hates), with triple antibiotics, gauze and elastic bandages. Wife thought he would be fine....until I took him in to the Vet Doc this morning! Major injury for this pup!!!

Now he's got a cast on his foot, which can't get wet (at ALL). They can't stitch him up, because dog's foot pad's heal differently and stitches won't the poor "little" guy (all 87lbs of him) is hurting tonight.

They wanted to put the "Cone of Shame" on him, to keep him from chewing on the bandages, but he's not a chewer. AND, the "Cone of Shame" is the most DESTRUCTIVE thing in our destroys everything!! And, I hate them!!

So now we're just managing Rhode, to make sure he doesn't chew or remove his bandages.

Man, sometimes...this sucks!!

posted on Aug, 9 2019 @ 06:41 PM
My sympathies.


posted on Aug, 9 2019 @ 06:59 PM
We had our dog snipped and he had the cone of shame. I agree, it is very destructive. And we had to duck tape it several times.

Poor Groot ! I feel your pain.

posted on Aug, 10 2019 @ 04:09 AM
My sister's dog - a Staffie - cut its paw, across the pad and between a toe. Probably on some glass, or a flint. It was very bloody, nasty and quite distressing for my sister and made the dog (Molly) somewhat grumpy. However, if it's a consolation it healed quickly.

posted on Aug, 10 2019 @ 04:29 AM
a reply to: paraphi

They're saying 2-3 weeks for this injury to heal, minimum.

Poor guy.

posted on Aug, 10 2019 @ 04:37 AM
a reply to: Groot

One thing I learned last time we had to deal with the cone of shame was to cut it way back. I measured from the dogs neck to it's nose, and then cut the cone down to just about the same length or a wee bit longer (which was basically in half).

That made a huge difference in the home destruction factor!

I still hate those things though. They just destroy everything! They're like adding a wrecking ball to your dog, and Gawd forbid they see a rabbit outside through the window or something!

We've got one dog who's a licker, and he absolutely HAS to have the cone of shame on him for an injury. I dread even thinking about it. Thankfully, this dog isn't a licker.

posted on Aug, 10 2019 @ 07:01 AM
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
I hope your dog gets better.

"The cone of shame." That's funny. I bet it turns your dog into a wrecking ball.

posted on Aug, 10 2019 @ 08:04 AM
a reply to: Skid Mark


Oh man, you just can't even imagine how much damage a dog can do with one of these things on!!

If it wasn't so infuriating it would be funny as hell! They crash into everything, and I mean EVER-Y-THING!! Anything on low tables...broken. Furniture...scratched. Door frames and walls...scuffed. Lamps...knocked over. Water...everywhere. Cups and glasses sitting on tables...spilled and broken. Come over for a pat...ram it into your crotch (nothing like sharp plastic to the crotch!) Get to playing with the other dogs (after they figure it out)...MASS DESTRUCTION!

And that's the funny part too; the other dogs figure out the dog wearing it can't get them, so they start launching sneak attacks from behind. Plus, they can't hear very well behind them with the cone on either...all the better for a sneak attack! Then they whip their head around with the cone on and...CRASH, BOOM, BANG!

I think I'm going to change the name from the "Cone of Shame" to the "Cone of Destruction"!

ETA - I just cringe whenever I have to deal with one. They'll go to chase someone / something (like between the couch and the coffee table) and hit a gap which is narrower than the cone...BAM! Just gotta' hope it's not your leg or other body part. By the time you get it off, everyone else in the twisted ruins which used to be your house is now limping, scaped or broken.

edit on 8/10/2019 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)

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