Boaz and the “Cone of Shame”

Boaz and the “Cone of Shame”


Boaz wearing the cone

Boaz wearing the cone

A few weeks ago, I was brushing Bo and felt a knot on his right ear.  I looked closer, thinking it might be a large tick, but no it was something else.  It looked like a tumor.  I showed it to Mel and he thought it was a tumor also.  We talked and I remembered that Giant schnauzers tend to get cancers, usually between their toes.  Mel and I checked but couldn’t find anything between his toes but we decided to get this checked out.  The next day we took him to the vet.  The vet looked at it and let the other vets at the clinic look and they said it needed to come out.  They would remove it and biopsy it.  

It was like a very large marble and flesh colored and bumpy.  We scheduled the surgery in two days and Mel took him in early Thursday morning and left him.  They didn’t keep him overnight and Mel picked him up later that day.  He was still pretty woozy and Mel had to help him get in the back seat.  He weighs 130 pounds so that isn’t very easy.

When an image of Boaz wearing the Conehe got home, we had to put the “cone” on his head to prevent him from scratching at the incision spot.  He now has a small notch out of that ear and had several stitches.  We would hear about the biopsy later.  They also checked his feet good and he had no bumps or issues there.

 

An image of Boaz wearing the cone of shame

An image of Boaz wearing the cone of shame

Bo hated the “cone of shame”, we could tell.  He kept bumping into furniture and things because his spatial sense was messed up.  He even had trouble drinking and eating with that over his head.

We did give him the pain meds they sent for the first night and he seemed pretty comfortable.  He was a very good doggie, and we never saw him trying to scratch at his ear.  After the first day, we started leaving the cone off when we were with him.  We put it on when we were gone.

A couple of days later, we heard from the vet that the biopsy showed no issue, it was benign.  That was good news.  We were to keep him quiet and out of the lakes for 10 days to let the wound heal.

Boaz with the kayak club

Boaz with the kayak club

So the next couple of Tuesdays, we didn’t go to the group kayak floats because we knew Bo would get very upset if we loaded up and left him at home.  He loves to go kayaking with us and swimming in the lake is so much fun for him.

 

When we get to the lakes and start unloading our kayaks, Boaz always checks out those already there and then gets in the water and starts barking for us to hurry up and get in the water too.

There are a couple of other dogs that come and ride in the kayaks with their owners, but Bo will not stay in our kayaks, he loves to swim and its so much cooler for him with that heavy coat also.

Boas following Mel's kayak

Boas following Mel’s kayak

Mostly Boaz likes to follow Mel around and gets upset if he “loses” him and can’t see Mel.  Bo swims slower than we paddle the kayaks, so either Mel or I stay back with him while the other kayakers go ahead all around the lake.

When we are with Bo, Mel or I will go a little ways around the lake and then cut across so we can meet up with the rest of the group on their way back.  Usually, our floats are 1-1.5 hours long and Bo swims the entire time.  He gets a little rest when we go close to the shore so he can walk instead of having to swim.

Boaz is a great swimmer, but we got him his own lifevest just in case he gets too tired.  He wears it gladly and gets excited when we put it on him.  He knows he is on his way to water with us.  You can read about the life vest I ordered for him here.

Swimming is a good exercise for him also as he stays in the water as long as we do, swimming alongside our kayaks.  The kayaking group has all come to know and like him; he gets lots of attention from them.  The nights after our kayak floats, Bo gets in his bed early and konks out – he is so worn out.

Giant Schnauzers and Health Issues

I’ve been researching health issues with the Giant Schnauzer breed and found these articles:

I’ve been researching health issues with the Giant Schnauzer breed and found these articles:

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