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How To Look After Your Post-Operation Pet Wearing a Surgery Collar

It is very stressful when pets require surgery and even more so in the days following an operation when your pet might disturb a wound. That is where surgery collars come in, which prevents a pet from touching their stitching and possibly causing another costly visit to the vet.

Dr. Melissa Meehan from Talk to the Animals provides her top tips about how to deal with your post-operation pet wearing a surgery collar...

Top Tips

  • Make sure your pet can reach food and water by ensuring that bowls are raised slightly and have a smaller diameter than the collar.
  • Make wearing a surgery collar a positive experience. Use lots of praise and food treats, and make sure to play lots of games to prevent any post-op depression.
  • Keep the inside of the collar clean and never leave a dog wearing a surgery collar unattended.

Wearing a surgery collar is for the best of your pet and for a short time only. Do not be tempted to take it off early despite imploring eyes.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.