5 Alternatives to the Cone of Shame - Dogster

Dog Alternatives to the Cone of Shame - Fidose of Reality
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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!
DIY Elizabethan Collar - GREAT Alternative to the cone of shame! Easy to make too! (Would also work for a dog)
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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! DIY Elizabethan Collar - GREAT Alternative to the cone of shame! Easy to make too! (Would also work for a dog)
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Photo provided by FlickrTop 3 alternatives to your dog's plastic cone of shame
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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. Hands down, a plastic Elizabethan collar works best. There’s no comparison. Always follow your veterinarian’s advice. If you decide to try a towel dog cone alternative, partner with your vet first.Sooner or later, it’s going to happen. One day, your dog will need to wear the dreaded cone of shame. Honestly, I think an Elizabethan collar (plastic dog cone, cone of shame, e-collar, etc.) has earned a bad reputation. It’s all about perspective, right? In our home, we call dog cones “” because we make them fun to wear. If your dog absolutely hates wearing a plastic dog cone, give this homemade dog cone alternative a try.When designing this homemade dog cone alternative, I used the Bite Not Collar as inspiration. This dog collar resembles a human neck brace. It prevents dogs from turning their necks from side to side or downward, but this collar wasn’t perfect. The bottom edges would dig into my dog’s shoulders—ouch! Hmm, I thought maybe I could make something a bit better.Last year, my chewed a couple of between both front paw pads. As part of our vet’s recommended treatment plan, we were told to focus on preventing my dog from licking the area. He’s pretty happy wearing a plastic dog cone, but I wanted to try a dog cone alternative—something that would be more comfortable while sleeping. I call this DIY dog cone alternative a towel collar and it works really well.If you decide to give this DIY dog cone alternative a try, supervise your dog for the first few days of him wearing it and always partner with your veterinarian first. If your dog has neck pain during or after wearing his towel collar, remove it and contact your vet immediately.