Please Don’t Eat The Surgical Collar: Struggling Through Pet Ownership with Anxiety

In the center of the living room floor, our freshly spayed puppy folds her cloth e-collar between her paws, pulls it to her mouth, and chews. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to stop her from enjoying the fresh discovery that she can eat through the blue cloth to the flimsy plastic cone beneath. I understand her dedication — it looks exactly like the crinkly plastic she unearths from her soft toys, and it isn’t her fault she doesn’t understand what the cone is for.

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