Both my puppies were fixed this last week. My boy dog, Monty, is not a licker so he did not have to bear the humiliation of a cone. My little girl firgie, however, is a licker. Poor thing. That surgery is so much harder on females than it is males. So much more invasive. So she has to wear the cone. I feel so bad for her. I don't want her incision to get infected though. So, the cone it is.