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Scott's got a triangle tear, with a puncture to the muscle beneath. A trip to the e-vet Weds. nite and 5 staples, within 5 minutes of arriving home he had one staple out before I could get his muzzle on him. The next morning after breakfast he pulled out another one and loosened a third. Back to the vet, they took out the loose staple and added 2 or 3. I came home today and he's pulled out another one or two. It's not that big of a tear, but at this rate it's never going to heal. I don't have a muzzle cup, he freaked with an e-collar. I tried a bandaid and the first one stayed on but the second one didn't last more than 2 hours. The tear is on the outside of the thigh and can't be bandaged and vet wrapped.


Ugh! I've been meaning to order a muzzle cup to have on hand. Best of intentions, I was going to order a couple the next time I had to order muzzles for the group.


Any suggestions?

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Can you put shorts on him, or old sweat pants cut down, so the thigh stays covered? Or maybe those jammies with the legs? :unsure:

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Is Scott related to Cole? :lol


Cole had a cyst removed two years ago and managed to remove his stitches not once but twice! We used a human cervical collar. It did the trick.


Good luck. I know how frustrating it can be.


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Thanks to Laura in Houston for the following:


As with the "greyhound speedo", necessity inspired another "Who would have thunk it?" tool. The "greyhound legging"...


Recently, our non-greyhound, Max, got a scrape on his leg that he constantly licked to the point of rawness. Ointments disappeared, bandages slipped and the area just got bigger. As it happens, a greyhound friend of ours, Travis, is going through the same thing so I thought I would give this suggestion that has worked for us for years with our greys, and non-greys alike.


Take an old pair of sweatpants and lie them down on a flat surface. Measuring from the bottom on one of the legs, mark off the length needed to cover most of your dog's injured leg. At that mark make a cut, through both layers, across into the leg fabric on both sides just a few inches and then turn the scissors 90 degrees, cutting straight up to the waistband. Then cut across the top, releasing the pants leg from the rest of the sweats. You now have the bottom part of the sweatpants, with elastic "cuff", with 2 long, cloth extensions, kinda like suspenders.


Slip the sweatspants leg onto the injured leg of your pup and use the long lengths of fabric on either side to tie in between the legs and over the dog's shoulders, or back, in a comfortable manner. The stretchiness of the fabric allows for freedom of movement and yet covers the wound enabling it to breath and stay dry giving it a chance to heal. The "suspenders" may need to be adjusted periodically since they will stretch with wear. Do the same thing to the other sweatpants leg and you have a spare to use while the other is in the wash. (If your dog is on the smaller side, you may need to use children's sweatpants where length would not be an issue but adult sweatpants would be too baggy, particularly after they stretch a little.)


This works with all the dog's legs but is somtimes a bit trickier with the back legs of males because of the extra equipment. This is just a matter of removing the legging when the he-grey is relieving himself and put back on afterwards. (Note: When used on a back leg, it gives the dog the appearance of wearing bloomers, or half of one. Expand on this idea at Halloween and you have a great beginning for an Arabian Nights / Scheharezade (sp?) costume.)


Since our dogs have always followed "out of sight, out of mind", this has been a noteworthy solution for us. We hope you have the same success. And, as always, this does not take the place of sound veterinarian advise and care.



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Thanks everyone for all the greyt suggestions! I did find a solution and used a combination of things mentioned here. I had already been trying to keep the liquid bandage on the wound and that has helped I think. The boxer briefs have worked great, I'm glad I got a few pair because I ruined the first pair cutting them incorrectly. I picked up the youth sweatpants too and will now have them on hand as well. I modified the duck tape suggestion and used that too.


He's being such a pi##er about all this. He's had enough of the 24/7 muzzling and me nagging him to leave it, he WANTS to RUN and he can't for another week. UGH!

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With my foster last week I used BatMoms redneck duct tape muzzle guard and it worked like a charm. :)She shows pics in w\one thread.


I was going to suggest duct tape. It surprises the you know what out of them...packing tape works great too.

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