“Help control the pet population: Have your pet spayed or neutered.” – Bob Barker
How many times have you heard Bob say that? A zillion? Four zillion? It is indelibly etched into my psyche rivaled only by “Por favor, mantenganse allejado de las puertas,” from Disneyworld monorail!
Alas, we’ve found Bob only told half the story. Having your pet spayed doesn’t end the process, it’s only the beginning!
With Roxie approaching five months old our vet suggested it was time for her to be spayed. No problem. She’d spend a night in the dog hospital drugged and yelping it up with her cousins. By the next morning she’d be home.
That’s exactly how it worked out.
What no one said was Roxie would have to wear the “Dog Collar From Hell,” euphemistically referred to as an “Elizabethan Collar” in our instructions. Not only that, she has to wear the collar 10-14 days! Are you kidding?
As you might imagine Roxie is not thrilled.
Right now she’s a little less spirited than normal–probably a reflection of her past 24 hours. That makes the collar easier at the moment. But later today and tomorrow–Oh my!
I guess there’s no way around it, but if we’d known she was going to be collared we might have considered putting her on the pill.
3 thoughts on “Poor Roxie — Bob Barker Only Told Half The Spay Story”
(sigh) Poor Roxie
I’ts to prevent her from chewing her stitches, but yah, they all hate it. At least that one looks like it fits correctly and does not slop around.
Keep it comfortably tight (two fingers fit under it, ans try, as hard as it might be, to keep her from running around and snagging it. It may not hurt her, but she will get upset.
Still cute as can be, however!
this is one of those situations where Roxie’s short legs are advantageous to your goals – my dog’s legs were so long at that age he ripped the collar off in the car on the way home – ended up discarding it, so I kept spraying the sutures with “Bitter Apple”, which worked great.
Believe it or not Roxie isn’t slowed by Bitter Apple–as our foyer rug demonstrates.