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DIY Elizabethan Collar - GREAT Alternative to the cone of shame! Easy to make too! (Would also work for a dog)
All in all this collar was a very comfortable alternative to the cone, but only if you're looking for a floating device or travel pillow. It didn't actually stop my dog from licking any part of his body!
My six month old Sheltie, Sami, was neutered on February 8. I wish I had read this article prior to his surgery because it has been dreadful having him wear this large, hard plastic cone. It is huge because although Sami's neck is only 11 inches his nose is long - like you expect a Sheltie to have and he could reach his stitches with the cone that fit his neck size. When we brought him home wearing the cone he first shook his head in a fit as if he was manic. Once he realized he couldn't get it off he simply laid on the floor. He wouldn't eat unless I hand feed him and he wouldn't drink water. I had to feed him ice chips and moniter his urine output to make sure he was hydrated. We read about the ProCollar about 8 days after the surgery by which time he had started to eat and would walk with me in the yard. I called our Vet who had no experience at all with the ProCollar. We talked with a clerk at the pet store and didn't purchase the ProCollar because we were concerned that if it didn't work Sami might tear his stitches and we would be back to Day 1 with the cone. I read some reviews on the ProCollar and some dogs punctured the collar causing it to deflate which allowed the dog to bite their wound or stitches. However, I read about some collars that had a canvas interior so I think there are different manufacturers. Another alternative I read about is the Thunder Shirt which is a Shirt that wraps around and is secured with velcro. It didn't seem long enough and I was afraid the velcro would be easily removed by Sami. It is now only 4 days until Sami's stitches will be removed and thank goodness this horrible cone with be gone. However, Sami did an amazing job of adapting. I throw him his ball and while he cannot see it he listens for the sound of the bounce and when it hits the floor he runs in that direction, finds it and runs back to me. Our Vet said Sami couldn't play outside because he would get dirt in the wound but today he was bouncing off the walls with the need to run so 10 days post-op I let him run to his hearts content outside. I wiped his stitches with a warm, soapy cloth but he really wasn't dirty. If Sami needs surgery in the future (and my first two Shelties both had several surgeries over the course of their lifetimes), I will be prepared with a comfortable alternative to the hard, plastic cone. However, I am very disappointed that my Vet has made no efforts to investigate alternatives to the hard cones which are simply unacceptable.
Pet Injury Protection: Alternatives to the Cone for Dogs and Cats
Any alternatives to the cone collar for dogs
Why put your beloved pets through the "Cone of Shame"? This is a comfortable alternative...take a bath towel and fold it lengthwise and then again in half...wrap it around your fur-ever friend's neck and secure it snugly with sports wrap (that stretchy ace bandage-like stuff that sticks to itself). This keeps the dog from being able to bend his/her neck enough to lick/bite/worry the wound area but does not upset the dog at all...not like the dreaded Cone of Shame!For many dogs who undergo surgery or another medical procedure, the days and weeks after the operation will be an uncomfortable time spent in a plastic immobility cone, affectionately known as the “cone of shame.” While these devices are extremely effective in preventing dogs from biting or licking at a specific area of their bodies, they have a number of negative side effects. They can inhibit hearing, sight and movement, and some dogs with anxiety issues may feel very restricted when being forced to wear one. Luckily, there are a number of great alternatives on the market and even around your home that could be a wonderful way to ditch the plastic cone for good. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind.