We still haven't figured out how to prevent him from licking the incision so we can both leave the house at the same time. We have the soft e-collar but he hates it with the fire of a thousand suns, and he can't drink water or move around very well when it's on him.
Plus, he kinda looks like that spitty dinosaur from Jurassic Park when he's wearing it.
Kip says, "What did I do to deserve this."
We did try one of the inflatable collars that are supposed to be more comfortable than the e-collar. He is able to move around better with it on. But it took him about 5 minutes to contort his slinky spine and crane that long neck around and begin licking like there wasn't a swim ring wrapped around his neck.
BD and I took turns working from home each day this week so we could be here to keep an eye on him. This was the view from the webcam on my laptop most days.
Other than that, we've just been trying to keep him calm. By his demeanor, you'd never know that he had major surgery a week ago. His biggest complaint is that we won't let him climb up on the furniture to get to his favorite spot on the couch. We have to flip up the couch cushions the minute we get up because he makes a bee-line for any unoccupied spot.
In the meantime, he tries to get as close to on the couch as possible.
Here is the incision on Day 7. It has started to scab up, and the bruising and swelling looks much better. He goes back next Thursday to have the staples removed.