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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.
Comfortable and affordable, these collars are ideal for dogs who aren’t likely to chew or lick vigorously. If your pet is likely to leave the affected area alone with a mild deterrent, these collars offer great mobility at a very reasonable price point.
Check out three of our favorite e-collars.
These puffy, padded collars won’t work for power chewers, but they’re very comfortable for supervised breaks from the traditional cone. They offer increased mobility, as well.
Neck Control Solutions
These collars work by immobilizing your dog’s neck. They’re a stronger deterrent than the soft e-collars, though determined chewers can often find a way around them.
The Comfy Cone
The best of both worlds! This cone is soft and adjustable, yet prevents most dogs from accessing their injury site.
Surgical Recovery Clothing for Dogs
This is just what it sounds like—an outfit, rather than a cone per se. If your dog tolerates clothing, we love the flexibility and coverage of this option.
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 Post Surgery Shirt
Custom fit a post-surgical jacket with an old shirt and safety pins. This method will work equally well for smaller dogs. For larger dogs, you won’t need safety pins. A big knot on the bottom hem of a shirt will keep it in place, or you may have to improvise a little.
DIY neck control collar
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