Happy Friday! I thought maybe a pet DIY and update would be nice for a weekend kick-off – something light to help you if you have a dog.
I’d swear (but I try not to), the very day I told you about Our Best Renovation Yet – Winston, that was the day of total jinx. (OK, well, I don’t really believe in a jinx, but I do believe in the devil trying to make me swear!)
The same day I published the post about Winston, he threw up three times in my car. I know…he couldn’t help that. But also, from that day forward during the following week, he became a maddening challenge. It was like he read my post and said to himself,
I’ve got them right where I want them. I can rule the world now!
I was ready to hang a sign around his neck, Sir Winston – The Terror(!), and send him packing.
Something I didn’t mention before was that Winston had a small tumor on his side – nothing serious, according to the vet. She said it was already starting to slough off. BUT…since Winston wouldn’t stop messing with the spot, it became infected. The only remedy was surgery.
Winston had surgery two weeks ago – thirteen stitches and back home with the dreaded cone lamp shade thingy. He could do nothing except eat or drink. The cone hindered even playing with toys.
HH did a little research, watched YouTube videos, and we did a little DIY on Winston. Ha! Doesn’t he look pitiful? (It’s a ploy. Don’t fall for it.)
Fold a towel length-wise in half and half again. Wrap around the dog’s neck snuggly and tape around the entire wrap with duct tape. Repeat with a second towel. If the towels become loose enough to slide his head through, remove the tape, wrap towels again, and re-tape.
Put peanut butter in a spoon and hold it at the wound to see if the dog reaches the spoon to eat the peanut butter. Winston wanted the peanut butter badly, but he couldn’t reach around to the spoon. (Of course, I let him eat it post-test.) The towels create a thick band that prohibited his head movement beyond a certain reach.
There is a danger when you do this wrap. If a dog gets out of it while left alone, he can open his wound again. It’s a risk we were willing to take, and our vet probably wouldn’t approve.
Winston didn’t fight against the wrap or try to remove it in any way. The wrap was a huge benefit because he could play freely. What dog can survive without play, especially such an active dog?
Winston got his stitches out Monday, so the towel wrapping is gone. It’s been very nice to have our old Winston again. No more Mr. Terror (well, mostly).
I learned something new in all this – to be proactive. When a dog won’t leave a nasty spot alone, wrap two towels around his head with duct tape to keep him from getting it infected, requiring surgery. What’s your pet teaching you lately?