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    Question Need help with any tips for surviving the dreaded cone and eye swelling after surgery

    Good morning everyone! Murray was neutered and had his cherry eye tacked yesterday. He was sent home with a soft cone that he was somewhat ok with yesterday but not at all happy with through the night or for the past few hours. Any tips for what I could do to make it better? Also his eye seems a little more swollen this morning but he's due to take his medicine in a couple of hours and I'm wondering if this is normal or if I should call the vet and take him back in? Any experience you have with this would be very helpful thank you so much! He's already chewed one hole in the cone

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    All honesty, I have never used a cone on any of my bullies --- they usually can't reach what was operated on and they never really tried to get at the areas. Cheli once cut his cornea and his eye was so swollen and painful all he wanted to do was sleep
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    Good morning everyone! Murray was neutered and had his cherry eye tacked yesterday. He was sent home with a soft cone that he was somewhat ok with yesterday but not at all happy with through the night or for the past few hours. Any tips for what I could do to make it better? Also his eye seems a little more swollen this morning but he's due to take his medicine in a couple of hours and I'm wondering if this is normal or if I should call the vet and take him back in? Any experience you have with this would be very helpful thank you so much! He's already chewed one hole in the cone
    Hi Carolyn, I had Dozer neutered at 7 months old, and Blossom was spayed and had her cherry eye repaired at the same time. Our guys were not sent home with a cone, and neither one of them wore one or needed one. They never scratched or interfered with their stitches. The only thing I found difficult after their surgeries was trying to keep them quiet and not running around or jumping on or off things. Blossoms eye didn't really swell too much, so I don't know if it's normal to have a lot of swelling of the eye. Each dog is different, so I would just call the vet and ask if swelling is normal after cherry eye surgery. I hope Murray heals quickly, and everything goes well. I found that Dozer really healed quickly after his neuter surgery, and other than having to put daily cream in Blossoms eye, she didn't have any complications after surgery and also bounced back within a week.
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    Maude had entropion surgery on both eyes. She also had her nares widened. She is going to have to wear the cone for two weeks. -dscf5696-jpg She is not a happy camper,and I have to hold her food and water for her,as she can't get to the bowls,due to the cone. She would scratch her stitches out,if she didn't wear the cone.
    We both hate it,but gotta' deal with it. Sorry I can't help with Cherry eye,as (so far) we haven't had that. Give the vet a call.
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    I did give the vet a call, she said that the swelling over the next few days even a week or so is common, I guess his gland was more inflamed/prolapsed than she had thought during the surgery it's gone down a little after more ointment and medicine. He's already figured out how to chew one small hole and break the toggle on the soft collar so we're going to try the blow up 'pillow' collar next and then if that is still a no go unfortunately we'll move to the hard collar. Sending healing thoughts hugs and prayers to you and Maude both @Manydogs

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    @CCandMurray I guess we will(and our "kids")have to suffer together!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manydogs View Post
    @CCandMurray I guess we will(and our "kids")have to suffer together!
    Cone heads or not our babies are tough! And we're bully parents so we have to be tough too. T minus 13 days until we beat the cone lol!!

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    All I can tell you is try to keep calm because it is an ordeal.Abbotts eye surgery is happening now and this will be #3 cone head.He gets scared easier and bumps things but we all survive through it all.

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    They make rings that are like life preservers, way better than a cone. We use them on our other breeds, never tried them in a bully, with all the extra neck skin, can't imagine why it wouldn't work.


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    So we went to pet smart and got this blow up one -image-jpegbut I wasn't happy with the way it fit and it kept falling off. So then we went to petco and got this one -image-jpegwhich is fitting much better--and--bonus--the girl who helped us at petco used to be a vet tech at the vet where Murray got his surgery, knows the vet who did it and said that his eye looks really good considering that he just got it done yesterday so now I'm feeling better about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCandMurray View Post
    So we went to pet smart and got this blow up one -image-jpegbut I wasn't happy with the way it fit and it kept falling off. So then we went to petco and got this one -image-jpegwhich is fitting much better--and--bonus--the girl who helped us at petco used to be a vet tech at the vet where Murray got his surgery, knows the vet who did it and said that his eye looks really good considering that he just got it done yesterday so now I'm feeling better about it
    That's exactly what I was talking about, way more comfy than those cones! Glad everything is turning up Millhouse!


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    Glad you got it sorted out for him!
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