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Conehead stare down
« on: December 16, 2011, 10:46:33 PM »
Koda's been wearing this cone on his head most of the time the last few days to keep him from licking himself/medication off (http://www.boxercrazy.org/forum/general-health/testicle-sores-and-bag-balm/).  He hardly seems to mind it but Artax HATES it!  Koda can't even glance in Artax's direction without Artax growling at him.  I think it's because Artax is dominant to Koda, which Koda is fine with and doesn't try to challenge Artax so they normally get along fine, though Artax doesn't really like Koda, mostly just tolerates him, occasionally playing a bit.  Koda wishes they were better friends and tries to avoid making him mad but I think this cone is causing Koda to look Artax right in the eyes when he doesn't mean to and normally wouldn't, like a horse with blinkers on, only able to see straight ahead, which Artax interprets as a stare down, plus the cone making Koda's head look bigger and maybe more threatening to Artax.  They're both slowly getting better at behaving around each other with Koda's new head gear.  :thumbsup: :laugh4:

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Re: Conehead stare down
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 06:17:41 AM »
Look at that face.


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Re: Conehead stare down
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2011, 01:57:55 PM »
 :smitten:  Ok now that is cute
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Re: Conehead stare down
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2011, 07:23:39 PM »
:smitten: despite the soft cone.
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Re: Conehead stare down
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2011, 09:25:20 AM »
very kissable!!!!
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Re: Conehead stare down
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2011, 10:34:07 AM »
He is so cute!

Just wondering...if he has a lot of trouble with the temperature and his testicles why not have them removed? I know he had a vasectomy but if he is uncomfortable because they are sore in the winter. Why not have them taken off?

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Re: Conehead stare down
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2011, 11:40:11 AM »
Thanks.  I won't have him neutered now for the same reasons I didn't when he was younger, primarily health:

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongTermHealthEffectsOfSpayNeuterInDogs.pdf

http://www.caninesports.com/SpayNeuter.html

Also, the more I've thought about it the more unnatural and wrong it seems, I wish I'd never neutered a dog and doing so would make him ineligible for certain types of competition.

I wouldn't say he has "a lot" of trouble and don't think he is very uncomfortable.  I think it's more my fault for not being used to having an intact dog and knowing how to care for one properly, especially a short-haired dog in this climate, than anything to do with him.  I should have started applying the bag balm liberally earlier, before any sores developed.  Now after about a week of me putting bag balm on him several times a day and using the cone he is much improved, hasn't even been wearing the cone the last two days and there are no more sores, just discolored areas.  I'm not sure the cone even helped since I don't think he was licking himself much to begin with, but just wanted to be sure he wasn't being sneaky and only doing it when I wasn't looking.
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Koda, CGC RN TT AD, male brindle, 10/10/08
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Re: Conehead stare down
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 01:00:12 PM »
I'm glad to know it is healing up and now in the future you will be on top of it before it gets sore.

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