Queen of the Ruff Collar

A quick google search of “pyometra” is enough to rattle anyone’s composure.

Dr. Montor wasn’t open on weekends but she got Tzuri under the knife first thing Monday morning, three days after diagnosis. (Although X-rays on Friday showed the uterus infection – which can burst and flood the abdominal cavity with nasty bacteria – had not yet progressed to a life-threatening level.) The surgery itself was not complicated, a routine spay to remove reproductive organs.

Variously called Elizabethan collar, e-collar, Buster collar, pet cone, pet lamp-shade, or cone of shame, the protective shield Tzuri came home with upset me as much as her, maybe more so.

She did, however, receive a get well note and gift from the two German Shepherds across the street.

Not that Tzuri has ever met them, of course, and given her temperament, likely never will.

The good news is that her stitches came out yesterday and Tzuri is fine. The bad news is that she won’t let me throw the e-collar away.

Why not?

I neglected to have her spayed when she was younger, and in the 12-15 estrus cycles she has endured over the years without pregnancy, the uterine wall has undergone changes that favor the growth of bacteria, which results in pyometra.

Since I am responsible, Tzuri insists, my penance is to wear the cone of shame and give her double treats every day.

🙂 🙂 🙂

8 Replies to “Queen of the Ruff Collar”

  1. So good to know that you caught it in time and that she is on her way out of the dreaded collar!

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  2. I’m surprised you were able to keep her from getting pregnant for so long. I can empathize with what you’re going through. One of my Greyhounds had a stroke two weeks ago, and I’ve done everything I can to help her. She’s getting better every day, and I hope to bring her home this weekend depending on how I’m doing with my own knee replacement surgery on Tuesday. When it rains, it pours!

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear this, both of you having problems! I didn’t even realize dogs got strokes. We are all getting older, and it’s not exactly fun. Take care, and thanks for commenting.

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  3. Whoa, Oops … it’s paralyzing when you know you can’t do more than what you’ve already done. The beauty of our relationship with our pets is that they have no agenda and essentially just want to please us … might be a stretch for some species, but not for dogs. Glad she’s holding you responsible AND I’m looking forward to your Selfie in you own “Collar of Shame.”

    Very happy that you were able to catch it and Tzuri’s on the mend … she’s a beautiful spirit . Gettin’ old ain’t for sissies! HUSS

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