Here's our rather drugged looking Sooty after surgery. She's barely able to stand up! Her back legs kept splitting apart and down she'd go. She had a small growth removed from her leg, a common issue with black labs.
The vet recommended purchasing one of the stiff plastic cones that you often see dogs wearing after surgery to prevent them from licking the wound. Ages ago I saw a list of all kinds of uses for swimming noodles and amazingly I remembered this idea. It took me only minutes to cut and string noodle sections for this homemade 'necklace'.It worked great and I can only assume it was far more comfortable than the alternative. She's such an agreeable sweet dog that she wasn't even bothered when we put it on her. Within less than 24 hrs. she was up and acting normal.