Yes, Blu had TTA. They basically want you to do nothing for 6-8 weeks...no walks, no icing, no touching or massaging, etc. Just observe it to make sure it's clean and dry. We went to the most recommended orthopedic surg. center in our area so I'm hoping they know what they're talking about. If necessary I will be calling to see if we can extend the abx and pain med if necessary after the first week. He is taking a whole tramadol every eight hours right now and at about the 7th hour, he starts panting and showing signs of discomfort. And given his affinity to staph infections, I would really like to keep him on abx as long as possible.
We had another trying night over here. At about 12am, I woke up to the sound of licking. I jumped out of bed, ran to his crate and saw that Blu was able to reach his incision with the inflatable collar/cloud on.
So, on went the dreaded comfy cone(along with treats and lots of reassurance because he seems to think the cone is some sort of punishment) and Blu stressed out big time. I figured he would calm down in a few so I waited and no dice. Again we removed him from the crate and put him in the pen thinking he needed a little more space (he is very comfortable in the pen without the cone) and he just sat up whining. I went in and tried to comfort him and eventually he laid down and fell asleep. It took about two hours. The minute I got up from the pen, he freaked out again. So I had another night on the floor in the pen with him. I almost took the cone off but I knew I would fall asleep and wanted to be sure. Plus he will need to be coned when we go to work and I want him to get used to it.
Right now I am laying on the couch and he is snoozing in his pen cone-free. I have a blanket over him and am watching his head movement like a hawk. My fiance is out at the pet stores seeing if they have anything that may be more tolerable.
On a positive note, one of our friends is letting us borrom a 4'x4' enclosed kennel for the basement so Blu is contained better than the pen but not as tight as in the crate when we are gone. Just hoping I have room for it down there.