Poor Vito. He can’t catch a break. The healing process is driving him nuts with the itching. But all the chewing and scratching (he can reach with his BACK feet) is irritating his incision. 2 days ago, he had a fever of 103 from an infection at the suture site.
This is how the big guy has to spend his days and nights.
You have to keep in mind Vito would NEVER be caught wearing cutsie clothes people put on small dogs, so:
We tell him the Pharaohs of the days of old wore similar collars. Only the Ruler of the Kingdom is allowed to wear it.
We call his black ‘garment’ his Ninja Suit. Only the strongest and most fierce are worthy of donning it.
We’re not so sure Vito is buying our cover stories of his protective garb, but it makes us feel better telling them. Seeing Vito unable to do his self-imposed duties, knowing he feels bad, and knowing nothing but time can make him feel better, leaves us feeling so helpless.
I just want my big guy to get back to his fearless, wolfy self.
I highly recommend the inflatable collars as an alternative to the traditional e-collar. Vito is much more comfortable with the inflatable.
The Ninja Suit is made from the lower leg of a pair of my sweat pants. It is a little clingy, which prevents Vito from getting his back feet under it, and goes all the way to the back legs. When we take him outside, the Ninja Suit is folded forward over his back so Vito can pee. Unfortunately, every time we do that, he starts digging at his incision with his back paws…
As of today, we got the all clear as far as any internal problems related to the surgery. Now we just have to battle infections at the incision site as we try to convince Vito to leave it alone.