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    Lightbulb Belly covers in stead of cones

    As you can see in another thread posted today

    http://board.cavaliertalk.com/showthread.php?t=18407

    Molly was spayed today. Karlin asked to see her belly cover, which we got from the vet. It covers her entire stomach from throath to behind, but it enables her to eat, and also pee and so on without problems. We also received a cone, but we should only use that if she tries to bite off her belly cover.
    Molly will use this for 10 days, then her stitches will be removed.
    Actually, I think it would be easy to make yourself, if your vet does not have one: A piece of cloth, six places with broad bands, two places in her behind to tie op the end, and two rings on her back to connect all bands and strings.
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    That's very interesting! I wish there was one I could make with little back legs for Wednesday's knee surgery. We've been wearing a long sleeve onsie turned upside down. She's been able to wiggle out of it several times. This would stay put!
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    That is really interesting -- such a smart way of managing stitches. It's like a little apron! This looks like a possible project for Emma, the sewing whiz! I bet lots of people would like these for spays and neuters.
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    A wonderful idea. I haven't seen that in the USA.
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    Thats a great idea but would it not slow down the healing process, I would have thought the air would need to get at the stitches, I would be afraid they would sweat in that???
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    Hi Sue.
    I don't know how long the healing process usually takes, since Molly is our first dog. Our vet will remove the stitches 10 days after the operation. The belly cover hides another tissue over the stitches, and she is supposed to wear it all 10 days.
    So far it has worked. She has not tried to rip it off or to scratch the stitches at all, and it has not been necessary to use the cone yet.
    Of course it is only her first day, but she is doing great. A bit tired, but happy.

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    Wow that looks really interesting, and much easier on the shins than the cone - which Cleo did not initially emjoy too much either!
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    That looks soooo much more comfortable & sensible than those horrible cones.
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    That's definately interesting!

    In the good old days (when I worked!) we didn't automatically put a cone on the animal. Some of them never bothered their sutures. Sutures usually came out in 7-10 days and I also wonder about keeping them all covered up. It does seem like it would be a good moisture trap that could cause problems.

    BUT, if that's what your vet told you to do then I'm not the one to question it! Hope all goes well and that she heals nicely.
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    That looks brilliant - I'm sure one could be made out of a mesh type fabric that would allow the air to circulate better? Otherwise I'd prob only use it when the dog couldn't be supervised.

    I think a really determined dog would get that off, but most Cavaliers don't seem to bother their stitches {in my experience}.

    Actually that would be very useful for the Winter in a waterproof fabric LOL
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