I am wondering what I did to deserve THIS!!!
I am wondering if you have any advice for me - how do I get rid of this thing???
Wordy Wondering from the Mom: First of all, let me tell you that the nasty tumor is looking a bit calmer today so maybe the antibiotics are helping. I will know more tomorrow when we visit with the doctor who has been monitoring this lump for several months now. But meanwhile, my poor boy is miserable. If I take the Comfy collar off him even for a few minutes, he tries to get at his tail. This is a new thing, so I am thinking it is either very itchy or else painful, or maybe both. I cannot let him lick or chew at that area because the lump will burst open and the bleeding will be unstoppable. His whole personality changes when he has to wear the cone. Some of you may remember how he was back in 2009 when he had that massive surgical wound on his chest and he had to wear a shirt for weeks. He became what I have to call severely depressed. I see the same look on his face now. I have this collar and the traditional plastic e-collar that kills the humans' legs. I also have the inflatable ring that goes around the neck. All three of these keep him from getting at his tail, but they also make it very hard for him to get in and out of his crate. His hearing is very poor so he relies on his eyesight quite a bit (and that isn't too good either). This Comfy collar and the plastic one really restrict his vision so he startles quite easily if one of the other dogs or a person comes upon him. Lastly I have another collar that is sort of like a surgical collar that fits snugly around his neck but doesn't restrict his vision. Unfortunately this one isn't a good choice because he has severe neck and upper spine discomfort, and it isn't good to restrict his neck movement that much. I have been trying to find some other option. I have been to several pet stores in the area today and have searched online. I am wondering if anyone out there has any creative suggestions. Ideally it would be something that is fairly comfortable and flexible but not so big that it prevents him from going in and out of his crate or seeing what is to the left and right of him. He doesn't need to be crated, but his crate is his safe haven, he loves to be in there, it is his security blanket. Please throw your thoughts out to me, you never know what might work. I am willing to try anything. And thank you so much for all your good thoughts.
Woos - Phantom and his Mom Kathie