It is pretty interesting how her skin matches... it is a lot lighter than I pictured it would be though. I also wasn't expecting such a big patch of fur shaved off... I knew they would have to shave the area, I guess I just didn't think it would be that much.
The collar is just to keep her from messing with the area. I know that as it heals, it's pretty typical for it to get itchy, so she might try to scratch at it. She also likes head butts and rolling on to her back or nuzzling her head into things (such as me) when she's trying to cuddle. I figure if I'm right there next to her and keeping an eye on what she's doing, I'll take it off for a while as long as she's leaving the area alone. It's a soft collar at least, but I know I wouldn't want to have that around my neck all day either.
She does have pain meds, Buprenorphine twice a day for the next 3-5 days. Hopefully she takes it better than Cheddar did when he was on the same stuff... I swear with him I probably got only a little bit more in his mouth than I did everywhere else. lol