If your dog had surgery or suffers from hot spots, you may be frustrated with the plain old Elizabethan collar from your local vet. The cone of shame certainly gets the job done, but sleeping, eating, drinking, and generally being a dog can be tough while wearing a giant white lampshade. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some great options that work just as well. The alternatives to the traditional cone of shame include these six basic types:
- Soft e-collars
- Inflatable collars
- Neck control collars
- The comfy cone
- Surgical recovery clothing
- DIY jacket or collar
Whatever your choice, make sure your cone alternative adequately protects the injury site. And don’t forget that even when wearing the cone, dogs need supervision after surgery. So book an experienced pet sitter or find a dog lover to drop by during the day if you can’t be around to monitor.
1. Soft E-Collars
The ElizaSoft is a comfortable and inexpensive e-collar solution for dogs who are relaxed about their recovery. A determined licker will quickly figure out how to nose the material out of the way and go to town on stitches or hotspots. However, a calm pet will enjoy the mobility and comfort of this simple device.
The Cuddle Cone is fleece-lined inside and made of foam. This is a step up in rigidity from the ElizaSoft collar, and you gotta love the cute fabric choices.
2. Inflatable Cone Alternatives
This an inflatable cushion that looks a lot like an airplane neck cushion. This style of collar is easy for pets to wear, but doesn’t protect as much of your dog as a more traditional cone style collar. The inflatable collar is not great for front leg or tail area injuries, depending on the size and shape of your particular dog.
This is another inflatable option with a cozy fabric cover and affordable price point.
3. Neck Control Solutions
Collars like these immobilize the neck, making it more difficult for dogs to lick. Much like the inflatables, this collar, depending on the size, shape, and flexibility of your dog, may not keep paws, tails, and other extremities out of reach.
4. Comfy Cone
- Has removable plastic ribs if you need stabilization for a feisty licker
- Can be rolled back for even comfier comfort under supervision
- Velcro closures allow multiple cone depths, narrow and wide with some leeway for a perfect fit.
- Loops onto your dogs regular buckle collar for easy on and off
The company also offers extender pieces to further customize fit.
5. Surgical Recovery Clothing
This vet-approved outfit comes in fun cheerful patterns, and also offers a front leg sleeve option.
Tui’s Cover Me
This is another onesie option made specially for pets.
6. DIY Options
You may find that a human t-shirt, sweatshirt, or baby onesie and a couple rolls of 3M Vetrap will keep surgery areas adequately covered. Not sure how to begin? Here are some DIY guides to get you started.
Custom fit a post-surgical jacket with an old shirt and safety pins.
DIY neck control collar
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