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      Bitter Spray vs Cone of Shame

      When you have had your pet spayed/neutered, did you need to cone of shame or did your pet do well without anything keeping them from licking the incision site? Did you use bitter apple spray instead of using the cone of shame? Or was the cone of shame the only thing that worked to keep the dog from licking the incision site?
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      Do NOT trust the bitter sprays to stop anything. I have had Labs who treated them as condiments, and the chewing got worse. This is a matter of health, even life or death.
      I have had many foster dogs.

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      Yeah I would not rely on bitter spray for something like this. I like the Comfy Cone, more comfortable than the plastic cone from the vets. They actually have other styles of collars out these days to keep dogs from biting, aside from the traditional cone shape.

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      I haven't always needed the cone but I always get one so I can put it on the instant I decide I do need it and not have to wait for the Vet to open and then drive all the way in and back.

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      i use cones with all fosters. I have a really bad incident with two fosters years ago ("females leave their stiches alone" they said, yeah right) so I take ZERO chances now.

      Having said that, when I am around I test them with the cone off and if they are good, when I am right there to supervise they get cone free time. But if I am busy or gone they wear the cone no matter what.

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      My experience is limited, as I've only had two dogs that were neutered while I had them in the past. I did not, however, need to use the cone with either of them. I did have one handy at home, but it didn't take more than a verbal correction to get Jake to leave his incision alone the one time he tried to lick at it. I think I was lucky with Jake and Harley, and don't expect the same with my current evil genius.
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      I have to agree with everyone. Our last lab had multiple surgeries but never showed any interest in her incisions, so we just put her in shirts to keep her wounds clean. We put the comfy cone on at night, just to be on the safe side, but man did she hate it.

      This little bugger, however, is a master incision ripper outer. She gets a cone AND a shirt and if that fails, we have that inflatable donut collar thingy, too. As if she didn't already hate her collar as it was. It's a loose-loose all the way around, but at least it's temporary!
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      Have to agree. It's not worth taking a chance. Since I'm home I can keep a close eye out. Otherwise, a cone or the comfy cone.

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      I never used a cone or spray on mine. They didn't bother their incisions.
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      Rosie started out with the cone but she had trouble getting in and out of the car as well as going up the steps. I went out and bought the kind that is inflatable. She seemed to be more comfortable with it on and had no problems with the car, steps, eating or drinking.

      She didn't try going after her stitches until we approached the day she no longer had to wear it.

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