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Help with Cone of Shame! #154564
05/10/11 02:31 AM
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Nikon has to wear a cone for two weeks. I've never had to use a cone before. Can he wear it all night? While I'm at work? It smashes his ears down, is that OK? Any tips or tricks?

Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: Liesje] #154571
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Yes he can wear it while you are gone. I would make sure he has no obstacles in his way tho and he will hate it. You might try to find one of those soft ones that are more flexible and comfortable.

What happened to him?


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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: Liesje] #154575
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Onyx had to wear one, she destroyed it within a couple of days, so I bought another. Then somehow one of the 'pins' came up missing. She kept trying to scratch her ear and worked the cone free.
She wore it during the night and while I was gone, loose in the house, not crated.

I got the largest size available the second time around....but her issue for cone wearing was her ear hematoma, not sure if she could get to a toe on her back foot with it...I think Nikon will find a way to get to his foot. Poor Nikon, I hope he just heals!!!


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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: Liesje] #154578
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Piper had to wear one for 18 days after she had a growth removed from her eyelid. She wore it 24/7. Instead of crating her, we made a larger enclosure out of fencing materials in the basement and that worked. I also was concerned about her ears, but they were fine afterward. They were only smashed down when she walked or sat, but they were erect when she laid down. I did try to re-adjust the cone and straighten them out whenever I could and gently massaged them to prevent creasing. I don't know if it actually mattered. Toward the end the cone was quite battered and dented so I had to keep straightening it out.

When Grace had to wear one to prevent her from licking her vulva, I opted for a BiteNot. Much, much better than the cone, but isn't effective if you're trying to keep a dog from licking front paws or scratching the head.


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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: AgilePaws] #154582
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Only a huge cone will work, I can't use one of the blow up rings or anything like that. He already got at the foot with the cone on but the vet says I had it on wrong so I'll try it again.

It won't fit in his crate so I'll leave him gated in the basement instead. I wish I could take him to work so I can check frequently but the crates in my van are even smaller.

Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: Liesje] #154598
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Hope Nikon's foot heals!


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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: GSDTrain] #154611
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I like to have a spare or quick access to one "just in case." I have seen more than one dog obliterate a cone on a wall/upright for the deck/etc. Oh...and be prepared for bruises anywhere between your shins & mid thigh!


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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: SLEACHY] #154621
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Poor Nikon, I hope it heals fast.

Molly has just come off wearing one for the third time in her short life, she wears it 24/7 and after a few days it doesn't seem to bother her unless she wants to scratch her ears.


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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: bianca] #154626
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Laos was a master at destroying those cones. We tryied the no-bite collar too, without success. I think this last time we went through 4 of them. He wear it at night and when I wasn't home without problems. Hope Nikon feels better soon.


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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: Lynn P] #154639
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How do you clean the cone? Nikon's gets all fogged up and coated in slobber. I've just been wiping it with a damp cloth so I don't have to go through the wrestling match of taking the cone off and putting it back on.

Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: Liesje] #154644
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What the heck is he doing in his cone! I would wipe it out with the cloth too. I use a bandanna tied around the inner loops to make it feel better against the neck. Ava has been wearing a cone so much this year - hers is starting to split in places so I got the duct tape out. Classy.

Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: JeanKBBMMMAAN] #154647
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If you want to take Nikon to work, can you take the crates out of the van and just have him loose in the back?


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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: Castlemaid] #154662
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Poor man! I second maybe taking the crates out and leaving him loose in there? I also would be nervouse with him unseupervised all day.


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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: Castlemaid] #154665
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Lucia I did that this morning and seems to be a workable solution. I'm still not convinced he can't get at the foot with the cone on so I was reluctant to leave him for 9 hours. He didn't fit in any of the kennels so I took one of the seats out and there was a larger space. I snuck him inside for a while to make sure he wouldn't freak out and now he's in the van. Not much he could do with the cone on anyway. He's tired b/c he thumped around all night with it on. He's being such a baby! He won't pee either. I just keep telling myself, he did this to himself, we'd be much farther along by now if he didn't feel the need to chew through five different layers of dressings. Now I see the shortcomings in having a small house with very narrow doorways and halls, steep stairs (old house). He gets caught on *everything* and we just painted six rooms, go figure.

Jean he keeps panting and the cone gets all nasty, smells gross too (maybe I'm just used to dogs smelling like my body spray and dryer sheets!).

Pan thinks this is great, a toy permanently affixed to Nikon's head! Ugh

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Re: Help with Cone of Shame! [Re: Liesje] #154686
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We have tried various cones from the inflatable one to the clear/vinyl cone to the soft cone. In the end, the clear/vinyl cone is the best for us (I get the extra big one as their noses are long and can move it around to get to what they want to). Only once has siena gotten out of it and it was because it was too loose.

The soft cone is great for longer term, but it also impedes the view (the one I have is solid black) and Siena absolutely hated it and looked so sad. She doesn't like the vinyl one but it's the best for our needs.

The inflatable one was a joke. I bought it, took it home, put it on (before hip surgery) and put a treat on her hip to see if she could get it - no problem!

Just be careful they don't get hung up on anything too. Hope he feels better. He may be panting because it is stressing him out??


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