Henry has been in the wars again.
The poor thing has already been diagnosed with hypertension so has to have medication syringed down his throat every day but now he has ear trouble too.
Firstly it was diagnosed as an ear infection so I had to administer drops twice a day for 10 days. This didn’t seem to sort out the problem completely and then I felt a lump under his ear.
I was going to take him to the vet on the Friday but he didn’t come back for the whole day then, Saturday morning he returned with a large wound underneath his ear where I’d felt the lump. The vet kept him in for the afternoon and, when I went to pick him up this was the inevitable result.
The vet thinks the ear infection made him scratch at his ear which, in turn. caused an abcess which then burst but, other than that, she says the two things aren’t connected. I’m not so sure but time will tell.
In the meantime, that plastic buster collar seemed overlong and the sharp edge was just on the wound and I was worried it would dig in to him. Also, those ribbon thingies that hold the collars on aren’t that efficient and kept dangling in the water bowl.
So, what’s a sewing person to do but improve upon the original?
As I make dog collars to sell to help raise funds for a dog refuge, not to mention having a rather large fabric stash, I had all the necessaries to hand to make him a small webbing collar with quick release buckle. I cut the top of the plastic collar down low enough to improve his peripheral vision but still high enough so that his foot can’t reach to scratch the wound. Then I traced round the shape of the plastic collar and. after adding a seam allowance, cut out the shape in two pieces of fabric, added some tabs in the seamline to thread the webbing collar through, sewed up the seams leaving one end open to slot the plastic collar through and installed a snap to close the ends.
He managed to get out of the house the other day (Mr Tialys isn’t that good at remembering to close doors 🙄) and I was panicking but I think he’d just gone to show off his headgear to his mates next door.
I wonder what they thought.