Thanks for your question regarding your girl Bubbles who was spayed yesterday, but who can't keep that e-collar on. It really is quite important this stays on as she could very well pull out her stitches (if there are external stitches there), or she could lick and irritate the wound. You can certainly keep an eye on her for 10 - 15 minutes with the collar off to see if she does start bothering the wound or not as the first step. There is a chance she could just leave the area alone, however we would have to be very careful with this as she could potentially remove her stitches within a few minutes, or cause more of an issue when you aren't around to supervise her.
The best step here is to get a more comfortable alternative. It is highly likely you have the regular, firm plastic collar. I would recommend heading to your local pet store if you can to get one of the following options:
Inflatable collar: http://www.petsmart.com/dog/collars/21st-century-inflatable-protective-pet-collar-zid36-12973/cat-36-catid-100081
Soft collar: https://www.amazon.com/All-Four-Paws-Collar-X-Small/dp/B003QRNHMC
The other alternative is for your local vet to get you a couple of small 'anti lick strips'. These are stuck either side of the wound (NOT on the wound) and have a small amount of spice in them. When you girl then goes to lick the wound, she gets a taste of the strips and quickly learns to stop. You can read more about this product online here: http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/nurtured-pets-anti-lick-strip-prevent
It is definitely very important that you have something to stop your girl from bothering her wound, otherwise you run the risk of her pulling the stitches out, or causing infection. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!
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