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About to have Katy spayed later this month. She had her first heat and seemed to come through it Ok. Full of energy now and seems pretty fit. Really dreading having her deal with that cone but I fear she would come right out of that donut.

Ellie looks like "Sheesh... :rolleyes:". Glad you got it figured out and she's back home.
 

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I’ve duct taped the donut to a old collar before. We do all kinds of things to try and keep them safe, and comfortable.
 

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The dog’s collar goes through loops on the inside circumference of the donut. Then there is a Velcro strap on the outer circumference.
I cheated and used my air compressor to pump up the donut, so it was pretty stiff.
Luckily, Finn dealt with it really well and never really went nuts trying to get it off. It gave him back his peripheral vision, and he was much happier. Each poochies will be different.

How long is Ellie scheduled to be in the collar?
 

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We use the donut during the day but yea it has inner loops to put a collar on as well if you need. Ellie is good and doesn’t try to take it off surprisingly. I think she’ll be done with it in 3-4 days. The nurse said two weeks but that seems much , will check with her primary vet when we take her for her one week post surgery visit.

The surgery she had used an incision like twice the size of a normal spay.

edit: we haven’t really been using the collar much as long as we are with her. She hasn’t shown much interest in her incision surprisingly. If we leave the room we donut her.
 

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Update :
Ellie is doing great. She seems to still need to pee more frequently and we were concerned of a UTI, but she is on the proper antibiotics for the strain of e.coli involved with the pyometra, obtained via culture.

We are looking for a new primary vet. Ours has been terrible, basically blowing us off not wanting to see Ellie pushing us back to the specialist hospital. Their excuse "to not have too many hands invovled". In other words, they know they missed this big time and now we are seen as a liability customer. This area is chock full of families with kids and dogs so they are already overworked and so busy making $$ with wellness exams, vaccines, and treating the itchies that I guess they don't need us. The specialty hospital tells us that our primary vet needs to take over, but they have been super in helping us through this. We plan on looking a little further out where vets actually need to do real work to keep their customers.

Ellie is excited to get out to play but has been a faithful couch potato. We are taking her on leash walks and getting her outside frequently as well. Next week the parking brake will come off and back into the woods!
 

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So glad she is on the mend!!!!!!
A good vet here in the UK is gold dust in my opinion. ZIva and Badger (our cat) are with the same vets that my cats and dogs were with when i was 3 years old (32 years ago!) The actual people have changed alot, but still run on the same values IMO and still the best in the area!
 

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I’m so happy to hear she is doing better, but sad that the vet is doing this to you. Especially in a time, that you would really need them. Specialty hospitals with all the bells, and whistles have their place. I just don’t see paying the higher cost, if it’s time for your regular vet to take over.

Plus knowing from past experience, all records are sent to the primary vet. My vet has even called and spoken with the ER vet, when one of my dogs was in their care.
A lot of vets are overworked, and work for corporations, or have partners they have to answer to. It’s getting harder, and harder to find vets that own their own practice, and have time to really interact/care about the animals they see.
 
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Thanks all.

You are correct @texasred , the specialty hospital sent everything to Ellie's primary. Didn't matter. They just didn't seem to care. The specialty hospital sent everything to me, including the culture documentation, etc instead. They were shocked at how we were treated by our primary. Up to this point our primary just did wellness checks and vaccines, seems that is the extent of their capabilities.

Edit: We switched to this vet after our last one had a changeover in ownership and the good vets left. Seems we jumped out of the pan into the fire even with all the "good" reviews.

You know these days you have to be your own doctor and now your own vet!
 
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