Post-Surgery Instructions

The veterinarian told us to be sure to keep the protective cone collar on our dog for two weeks after the operation in order to prevent her from gnawing and picking at the area where the surgery had been done. He said that no matter how eager we might be to take the collar off, we should exercise patience and abide by his instructions to not remove the collar for the full two weeks.

It was hard to keep the cone collar on our dear dog, especially at night when she couldn’t get comfortable. We figured at night she’d mostly be sleeping anyway, so we decided to remove the collar in the hope that she…and we…could get some sleep.

Fast-forward one week, when we were back at the vets so he could treat the infection around the surgical site. He looked at and chastised us for not following his instructions to the letter.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt, where the word is “letter.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (operation), Ragtag Daily Prompt (gnaw), Word of the Day Challenge (picking), Your Daily Word Prompt (eager), The Daily Spur (patience), and MMA Storytime (fast-forward).

8 thoughts on “Post-Surgery Instructions

  1. Christine Goodnough January 11, 2021 / 2:19 pm

    Our cat has had a collar on a couple of times now and both times he goes wild as soon as he gets out of the carrier at home. Within fifteen minutes he has that terrifying thing off his neck. πŸ™‚

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  2. pensitivity101 January 12, 2021 / 10:15 am

    We were so lucky with Maggie, mainly because we were with her 24/7 so could keep an eye on her. We draped a towel over her when she had her mammary strip in 2015, and she didn’t touch it.
    Poor pup. Hope the infection cleared up quickly.

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  3. Carol anne January 12, 2021 / 5:57 pm

    Those cones are so uncomfortable for the dog! But the infection was probably even more so. xo

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  4. leigha66 January 12, 2021 / 9:30 pm

    The vet puts them in it for a reason… no matter how many puppy dog eyes looks you get, they have to stay in them.

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