|Barked: Fri Aug 13, '10 12:36pm PST |
|Yes, it IS a frustrating problem and not really one you can talk to anyone about, you know? When people see her with her cone on I just tell them she's having "girl issues" and leave it at that lol. If they want more info, I'll tell them what's up, but it's generally not something most people want to talk about or are comfortable talking about...
I hadn't thought about a muzzle...that might be a possibility. Right now our instructions are very similar to yours: clean/wipe, treat with ointment (in our case, Entederm) repeat. Does the diaper cream seem to do the trick for drying? Cricket can hardly tolerate even a gentle wipe/touch to keep her dry.
The muzzle makes life sooo much easier for us. And it's essential when we're at the vet. Rexy would definitely bite the vet if given a chance...not that I really blame her, it's a sensitive area to be poked and prodded at the best of times, never mind when the dog is actually hurting and stressed....
The diaper cream along with the Fuciderm gel seems to have made a difference, and what made an enormous difference was having the fur trimmed short.
Has the vet put her on antibiotics at all?
Since you're having such a tough time even getting a good look at the area and she's sore enough that it's impedes walking, it might be worthwhile to ask the vet if they should sedate Cricket to trim the fur, get a really really good cleaning done, and get the first application of ointment on there. Maybe that would dull the pain/discomfort enough so that she would be more a bit more okay with you cleaning the area.
With Rexy, the gel diaper rash cream made a difference in just a few days. Even on the first day, a lot of the redness was gone. But again, the fur being gone has made an enormous difference. I wish like heck the vet had done that on our first visit!!!
The problem is that my husband travels for work and is gone 3-4 nights/week. When he's not home, it is pretty much IMPOSSIBLE for me to hold her front end down while addressing her rear end. She twists and turns like a fish (but no more snapping, thank goodness). I also can't get the cone around her head tightly enough by myself. Unfortunately, we just moved to this state, and this isn't quite the kind of condition you can ask your new neighbors to help you with!
That sucks that you're on your own for a lot of this, that really makes it tough!
How is Cricket's cone fastened on?
Rexy's cone has an older, thinner collar of hers through the loops, so no gauze tying it in place or anything like that.
If the cone is such a pain, maybe looking into cone alternatives would be an idea? Especially if you are looking at significant recovery time (esp the hip replacement surgery) while wearing a cone.
We ordered a "Bite Not" collar earlier this week (through an online source as no one in Canada seems to sell it...); this collar is basically a cervical collar that wraps around the neck and prevents the dog from turning to lick etc. We got tired of having Rexy smash her cone into everyone and everything...and since it's looking like this might be more of an on-going thing...
As for surgery sooner rather than later: Cricket's condition is really affecting her quality of life. It's hard for her to walk, which is just pitiful. The vet can't do surgery until we get the current inflammation cleared up, but we need to do it relatively soon because she has some even larger surgery looming in her future (double hip replacement. Yes, I realize I sound like a crazy pet lady when I say that. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "It's just a dog!" in the past few days) and she can't have it if there is any further risk of the vulva becoming reinfected. Blah, blah...
No, you are most definitely not a crazy pet lady!!
I would hazard a guess that most dogsters would think you just sounded like a concerned pet parent doing your best to make your dog well.
Yes, definitely keep us in the loop if you find out anything new.
Good luck at the vet today!
Just thought of something, if you're needing someone to help with squirmy Cricket when you need to do a cleaning, would it be possible to hire a petsitter to come in and help, even if it's every other day? I'm sure they get requests to medicate pets in their care, and if you're needing their help on an ongoing basis, they might be willing to cut you a deal....
Edited by author Fri Aug 13, '10 12:39pm PST
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