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. $12.92
This adorable option will cheer you up, even if your dog isn’t sold on it. $14.99+
2. Inflatable Cone Alternative
This is a comfy inflatable option with a cozy fabric cover and affordable price point. While the cloud collar won’t prevent serious chewers, it’s a great option for supervised breaks from a more traditional cone or for medicated dog who have a hard time navigating with a traditional cone on. $8.79+
3. Neck Control Solution
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. $21.99+
4.The Comfy Cone soft but sturdy
- 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 security and easy on-and-off
5. Surgical Recovery Clothing for Dogs
This vet-approved outfit comes in fun cheerful patterns, and also offers a range of styles to cover different injury zones.
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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