Snuggly Review

18 January, 2014
Rat Fink

Hmmm.

Not sure what to think about the Surgi Snuggly that arrived this morning. We were tres excité about getting something that would help Remy’s paralyzing fear of the cone collar, and after watching the videos and reading the testimonials about the Snuggly, we were sure it was going to work. Well…not so much. At least at the outset.

The garment went on perfectly, and everything is in place. The incision area is covered by two straps that come up and around, and are secured in place by a flap/pocket thingy lined in Velcro. Perfect, snug fit. An initial “positive” is that he does seem less anxious and nervous and fretful. It is supposed to act (and does act) like a “Thundershirt,” or similar garment designed to decrease fear and anxiety in pets. That’s a good thing.

But — Remy can easily move the two undergirth straps out of the way with his nose, and bite at the sutures on his neuter incision. What?! UmAnd even when he’s not moving the straps to bite at the stitches, he’s biting at the stitches through the top of the fabric.

I’m sure the sutures itch. I’ve had enough surgeries in my life to know that. And I’ve checked to make sure the soft fabric of the Snuggly is not rubbing against the stitches. At any other time, he doesn’t seem bothered by it at all. In fact, I think he likes wearing it, because it makes him feel…well…snuggly. :-D

At any rate, we’ll keep trying. It’s better than having nothing at all, and certainly a darn sight better than the dreaded cone. The ProCollar we bought as a stop-gap measure didn’t do the trick, either. I think Remy was a borderline size problem, whereby the large was too large, and the medium was too small. Fail.

Next on the list is to get an old pair of the Thriller’s undies and put those on underneath the Snuggly. Maybe it’ll provide some more padding, and another “layer” he’ll have to fight to get through to the sutures. Cripes…

I know that this too shall pass. Hopefully by tomorrow, he’ll be a bit less itchy and twitchy, and he’ll start to forget about the stitches. He goes in next Thursday for the post-op checkup, so we should be good by then.

Happy MLK weekend, fiends. Off to work we go…

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David
David
18 January, 2014 11:10 am

Just one of the joys of pet “parenthood” it does pass, some faster than others…lots of walks help!

Have a great three day MLK weekend…

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PKPudlin
PKPudlin
18 January, 2014 11:14 am

Ask your vet about something topical that will reduce the itch. Sometimes you can use OTC things (like Benadryl, etc) that just take the edge off enough so he will leave it alone. My vet gave me a spray (Dermacool) to keep Tootsie from irritating a cyst on her leg and it works really well. We’re trying to get the swelling to go down enough so we can have it removed.

You and the Thriller are such good doggy-parents!! I’m happy to see he’s doing so well!!

Hugs-
PK

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Mavis
Mavis
18 January, 2014 1:00 pm

PK has the right idea. I would call the Vet and ask if just an OTC anti-itch cream would be safe for Remy. Sure hope you can find a solution and Remy gets through this quickly. It’s no fun for parents or pups! Hang in there, guys. It’s all down hill from here! :-) Love you all!

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Mavis
Mavis
19 January, 2014 9:44 am

Nature is strange thing. Animals just seem to know what they need to feel better. Guess it’s been that way since the beginning of time. Being parents of an animal, (myself included) we still worry and fret about their health and happiness. It’s amazing when it turns out to be something simple like – just let them be. I’m so glad that Remy is on the mend. Maybe his Mama/Papa can get some rest tonight! ;-)

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Candace
Candace
19 January, 2014 10:06 am

The travails of canine ownership!!! Our experience with emasculating our boys was always non eventful. They responded well to the command, No, when the licking started. Your vet gave wonderful sound advice. I hope sleep happens for you tonight.

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PKPudlin
PKPudlin
19 January, 2014 2:45 pm

Unreal. Go figure, huh? Glad things are going well.

PK

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