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Old 11-22-2012, 10:44 AM
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Advice about sleeping after a neuter...

Hello,

Back story: We got Cooper from a local breeder who requires that her pups are neutered by 8 months of age. Cooper will be 8 months tomorrow so we waited as long as possible to let him mature. Cooper only had 1 testicle descended, unilateral cryptorchidism, so it was also recommended by my vet that we get him neutered since the chances of it dropping anymore are pretty low. I know unilateral cryptorchidism can be genetic so my breeder does know about this.

Anyway, yesterday, he got neutered. He has one incision just in front of his scrotum and another one alongside his penis. He came home at about 3:00 yesterday and was pretty groggy and confused but by 6:00 you would never know he just had a pretty big surgery. We will definitely have our hands full to keep him quiet! I took him out to go potty and he insisted that we go for a walk (literally pulled me out to the sidewalk) so we took a sort little walk to the end of the street and back. Cooper keeps trying to attack his wound but the cone protects him from doing this. I was hoping to just be able to put a pair of shorts/menís underwear on him so he wouldn't have to wear the cone, but I don't think that is a safe option for him at this time.

So last night, Cooper goes into his kennel for bed and freaked out because it is quite a tight fit for him to turn around in his kennel with the cone on his head . Eventually, I helped him get settled in a comfortable spot and gave him his night time treat. Within 5 minutes, he was trying to change his position and got stuck sideways in the kennel. He was crying and so I let him out. Cooper has never slept out of his kennel so he wasn't sure of that either. I set up his dog bed on the floor next to my bed and he just wouldn't settle in and kept trying to get up on our bed. Obviously this wouldn't work since he could really hurt himself if he tried to jump down from the bed. Long story short, I eventually just got a blanket and slept on the floor with him. He did okay with this but was still moving around a lot trying to get comfortable. His favorite position was with his cone head resting on my face .

As you can guess, no one got much sleep last night...and my back feels more like a 70 year old than a 24 year old . I'm just wondering what other people did when their dogs had to wear the cone? Does anyone have any suggestions? I would love to sleep sometime this long weekend! I feel like the kennel isn't an option since he feels unsafe because he can't turn around and I don't think taking the cone off is an option since he is on wound-attack mode.

Thank you for your suggestions!
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:01 AM
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Do not take the cone off!! You don't want him to chew and lick and get an infection!
I took the cone off only if they wouldn't go pee and poop and then I put it back on.
Also, took it off for eating.

How big is the crate you have for him?

I would just sleep on the floor with him, with some comforters for padding, or do you have a blow up mattress that you both could sleep on.
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Karen,
Thank you for the suggestion. Sleeping on the floor is the only think I can think of too. I'm definitely not taking the cone off! I believe his crate is 42 or 43 inches long.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:19 AM
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All I know is that we have the LARGEST CRATE they sell and I know the cone fits in it.

All of our dogs have always been freaked out by the cone and run into walls and everything, but after a day or so when they realize that you aren't taking if off they get used to it. As I said I only took it off so they could eat and go potty, etc.

When does he go back to the vet for a recheck?
The vet might have some ideas, too!
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Some options like Karen said a bigger crate, or get a different cone. They make blow up cones like the kong cloud and they also make soft fabric cones instead of the hard plastic ones. Just make sure you size them correctly. You need one that is at least a few inches past the end of the muzzle. If it looks too large then it is probably correct.
You could also get an xpen or just confine him to a room or bathroom instead of the crate for the next 2 weeks.
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Maybe we will have to shop around tomorrow (doubt anyone is open today) and see if we can find any bigger crates...we definitely want him to be comfortable and he loves his crate. He already has 3 crates so adding in another one is no big deal (1 for the living room during the day if we are gone, 1 in our bedroom for night time, and a soft sided travel crate) .

I was shocked by this yesterday, but our vet said she won't have him come in for a follow-up appointment unless we notice any problems. He has the dissolving stitches. They are closed today but I will also give her a call tomorrow just to see if she has any other ideas.
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Yes, it is routine not to come in for a follow-up unless there are problems like redness, puffyness, excessive drainage at the incision site.
Did you get some pain meds for your boy? That might help at night to get him to sleep more comfortably.
I also say, don't take the cone off.

My senior lab mix was fine sleeping with the cone on in his dog bed after surgery, but it always depends on the dog.

Good luck! He will be just fine.
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Rainheart, I am planning on having him stay in the bathroom or laundry room when I have to go back to work on Monday....thank you for that suggestion, glad someone else thinks it is an okay idea! I wish I could do that at night too but I think he would be super bummed if I made him stay somewhere away from us at night time. Getting an xpen might be another great idea for night time though. Maybe if I put that right next to the bed, then he would still be close to us but I wouldn't have to sleep on the floor next to him. Too bad everyone is closed today!
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Cgriffin, we are giving him 50mg Rimadyl every 12 hours for pain.
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