, YAY! They are from a shelter, so they just got neutered and spayed today, but they are actually too small for the smallest e-collars (which we have). Thus, problems.
Collateral Estoppel (Essie)
is female, and Res Judicata (Res)
is male. They are delightful and we love them already.
They are about two pounds each, about 2.5 months old. Res is basically fine with or without the e-collar, he tolerates it and doesn't lick without it.
Essie is not tolerating the e-collar; it's way too big on her, so she can put her paw through it, and then her paw either gets stuck (and she freaks out), or she manages to pull off the e-collar. When she's not wearing the e-collar, she wants to lick her incision all the time. We can prevent that by holding her, and we're very happy to hold her all evening, but we can't hold her for several days until it heals, of course.
We called the vet; they had no helpful ideas. I asked about giving her more pain medication but they said no, she's had enough for today.
Does anyone have any ideas for
- how to make Essie more comfortable?
- how to keep the e-collar on her and keep her from hurting herself with it?
- how to keep her from licking if she isn't wearing it?