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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
***If you are reading this for the first time, please note that this thread is 3 years old....***

Okay so I was brainstorming how to keep him from

a) bumping into something and busting his stitches open
b) scratching at his head
c) piper licking his ears
d) getting them dirty
e) bleeding in general

So I came up with this! I know it looks silly, but it is totally functional!

Okay, first I put the Neosporin, and no stick pads over the base, lightly wrapped in guaze (not much)

Then I took a tube sock and cut it long ways down both sides, then cut two x's where the ears stick through. Then tapered off the ends to make ties. (So I could tie it under his chin)



Then I made this little bonnet to go loosley over the whole ear so that it stays clean and piper cant lick them! I know I am no seamstress (I broke the thread about 80 times) but the stitches are on the outside so that they dont rub.





Normally I wouldnt let him have anything on that would "tie" especially under his chin, but because he is under my supervision 100% of the time, I figured it would be alright.

Im leaving the sock thing on all the time, and putting the bonnet on only when he decides he wants to get up and walk around a little (he is actually doing that now that he is only on 1/2 tranquilizer), or go outside to potty. Its working great! Im so proud of myself :) Haha
 

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LOL, He really does look like a bunny.

Here is an album of pictures from after his surgery if anyone wants to see them. Beware though, some of them are kind of bloody.
http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2107133864&idx=1

The vet said that as long as he isnt bleeding to bring him back monday, and if I wanted to give him 1/2 of the tranqulizer instead of a whole one, that it would be okay as long as he stays calm and keeps his blood pressure down and doesnt start bleeding.
 

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Lexus said:
Ahh! Poor guy!! Extra loving is in order!! Okay I'll stop by and pick up Piper so you can commit more time for loving for Rommel. No need to thank me, I'm always here to be helpful!
LOL, I should have known that was coming! :supergrin I do think Piper is feeling kind of left out though. I will admit that Rommel has had my 100% attention last night and today since he has been home. He has not left my side. He has been pretty out of it though. Hopefully after we go back to the vet on monday things will get back to normal.

The more I read about vWD though, the more scary it sounds. I have about a hundred questions to ask the vet already.
 

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From what I read, If you breed a clear male,to an affected female, 100% of the litter would be carriers. Breeding a clear male to a carrier female, 50% of the puppies would be clear and 50% would be carriers. If you breed a clear male to a clear female, 100% clear litter.

What VetGen says about breeding a clear male to affected, carrier or clear female:
Breeding Is Safe. No Affected puppies will be produced. However, some or all puppies will be Carriers. Accordingly, it is recommended that Carrier dogs which are desirable for breeding be bred with Clear dogs in the future, which will produce 50% carrier and 50% clear animals, to further reduce the disease gene frequency. These offspring should be tested by VetGen's test for this defective gene, and if possible, only the clear animals in this generation should be used.


VetGen's definitions:

CLEAR This finding indicates that the gene is not present in your dog. Therefore, when used for breeding, a Clear dog will not pass on the disease gene.


CARRIER This finding indicates that one copy of the disease gene is present in your dog, but that it will not exhibit disease symptoms. Carriers will not have medical problems as a result. Dogs with Carrier status can be enjoyed without the fear of developing medical problems but will pass on the disease gene 50% of the time.


AFFECTED This finding indicates that two copies of the disease gene are present in the dog. Unfortunately, the dog will be medically affected by the disease. Appropriate treatment should be pursued by consulting a veterinarian.
** Affected - In the case of vWD Type l - This finding indicates that two copies of the disease gene are present in the dog. These dogs always have a potential to bleed given the right circumstance and will always pass on the disease gene (mutation) to their progeny. Please see the following page, for more detailed information. vWD Report Also, inform your veterinarian and consult with him/her regarding this test result.
 
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