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Old 02-19-2018, 11:16 PM
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Jojo went to the vet this morning and he has to wear a cone of shame. I can fit 4 fingers snug and 3 comfortably. That's not "too tight" right? He has wear it all night.
Vet thinks it's a lick granuloma
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:52 PM
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General rule to my knowledge has always been that two fingers should fit mostly comfortably. I can say if you think it's tight enough, it's probably not! I find they need to be tighter than I think they do lol.
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:19 AM
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If this dog has a lick granuloma, I would think the 'cone of shame' should be about 2 fingers comfortably tight. There are different cones if this one somehow does not work. I had an Irish Setter years ago that had a lick granuloma on her foot (had to have two toes amputated when she was spayed---congenital webbing in between) I used a sock that I drew up beyond the hock and fastened with tape and then covered the tape with the sock folded over. Worked well. You can get baby socks for a chihuahua. Any reason he has this lick granuloma?
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Old 02-20-2018, 04:53 AM
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I'll leave it him at 3 fingers. It's about to be 11PM and he's doing fine (sleeping)
It's actually up on his leg like half on his inner leg. The vet said because of the location he can have surgery for it if it doesn't heal.
He scraped his skin 1st to check if he had mange and he didn't.
Prescribed him pills (Cefpodoxime simplicef) for 14 days, 1/2 a pill a day.
He also gave him a cream (Animax ointment) for twice a day. I was a reading online that it's very hard to get rid of these as it's hard for them to heal and because it's a "habit" for the dog lick.
The vet said to give it 3 weeks if not come back in.
It's hard to believe that it'll just get better on it's own.
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:59 PM
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At 2:30 this morning I found that Jojo is able to lick himself with the cone. Apparently I've read that the cone needs to be at minimum 2 inches past their nose. And Jojo isn't even an inch. I'm hoping the next size won't be too big in the neck size. I measured and hopefully he'll be fine for the next size.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:58 AM
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This is a brutal habit to break. Usually there is something that starts them off licking. A scratch, something that hurt him while playing?, anything. Then he gets 'relief' from that licking, and the 'habit' starts. Feels better--oh good, I can relieve the itch/pain by licking. That constant licking can set up infection, thus the antibiotics. He's going to have to wear that collar for awhile to stop the licking. Have you looked at the 'inner tube' type of collars? I prefer them over the cone.
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Old 02-21-2018, 07:53 PM
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Last night mom picked up a '12.5' cone from a vets office and he's still able to lick his back leg. So now we have 2 cones that are too small.
I'm wanting to try a medium from PetSmart.
I don't know which kind to get. I called the store to see what they had in stock and they have plastic, soft and tube available. I just want one that'll stop his licking. I might try picking up a couple and return the 1 that doesn't work since I don't want to be running back and forth from PetSmart the rest of the week.
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:37 AM
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I like the tube type, as the dog just can't turn his head enough to reach the spot. How is the spot doing? Any better with the antibiotics?
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