Dog cones, or in other words Elizabethan collars or E-Collars come in various shapes and sizes and are a pet accessory designed to prevent your pet from interfering with the recovery process of certain wounds or rashes.
Useful in many circumstances but mainly after recovering from a surgical procedure, dog cones are used by pet owners from all around the world to keep their companions from worsening an injury.
Although there are many homemade alternatives to the traditional plastic cone, our recommendation is to buy one from a pet store, should your dog need to wear it, or otherwise listen to your veterinarian’s advice regarding what type of cone your pet should wear.
Whenever an area has stitches that your dog would otherwise chew off, or they have a wound that could worsen if it’s not left alone, medical experts recommend that you make your dog wear a cone.
However, chances are that your pet will almost immediately dislike having to wear one and will try to take it off any chance he gets. In order to prevent them from doing so, you have to think one step ahead and look for a model that does more than just restrict movement.
Lately, many brands have come up with inventive solutions to this eternal problem, be it a more comfortable lining or a safer closing system. According to our research, a new dog cone should fulfill both the task of protecting the wounded area as well as that of resisting the many attempts of weakening its grip.
To do so, most models use a more effective closing system, the traditional one being the velcro strap. However, as time passes this one can become less and less efficient, needless to say, it can be undone by the animal itself. Therefore, better systems like buttons or staples have appeared on new products, that can be adjusted in order to achieve the perfect fit.
Dog cones can also be used for day to day activities, although most dog owners would advise against such a habit, mostly because dogs reportedly hate wearing one, so there’s no need to make them do so when it’s not a medical emergency.
However, if your pet has trouble staying in one place when you need to go about some usual business such as grooming or cutting their claws, you might need to use a cone to get the job done. We do advise you to try other methods first, such as a reward training system.
Never under no circumstances should you use a cone in order to punish your pet. Although it’s needless to say you can’t train a dog based on fear of punishment, the reason why so many pets dislike having to wear cones is that it interferes with their normal activities such as walking, eating, drinking or sleeping. Therefore, you should never deprive them of a normal lifestyle for the sake of training them, even though it may seem like an easier solution. If you’re feeling exceeded, just call in a professional.