Good luck with little Freddies recovery!
- You can quote me
If he appears to be in pain and/or loses weight, call the vet for some pain medication. Metacam is a good choice. If they tell you he won't eat with a pain med, they're wrong. Metacam is an NSAID and does *not* make them drowsy or less likely to eat, any more than an Advil would do the same to you.
Collars aren't the best choice for cavies (although I like the idea of the interface material, which is softer and bendable). They can't retrieve their cecotropes; they'll have difficulty getting into or out of a hide box or pigloo; they'll have difficulty running into a pile of hay to eat it and they'll have difficulty with a water bottle. Some flat-out freak and go wild, possibly injuring their limbs and/or backs, until it's off.
Staples sometimes make a less chew-prone closure. The cut-off sock sounds like the best choice to me.
Talishan, thanks for the drawbacks of collars. Freddie loves his igloo and I didn't even think that he may not be able to get in and out.
It has been 2 days, and the sutures look good. He is eating and drinking and wants to come out of his cage for some play time - which we are not going to let him do for a few more days.
- "Live Long and Prosper"