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keep the cone on for safety

Posted By: Nanna23 on 2005-10-17
In Reply to: Off the topic but really need help with my dog. sm - mlstoo

my poodle got such a horrible infection from licking post op that she ended up in Doggie ICU, we almost lost her and it cost a fortune.  Just have patience, scratch his ears for him and the cone will be off sooner than you know.  Remember, you probably feel worse about it then he does

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