Treatment Name: Recovery Collars: Hard Plastic Elizabethan Collars

Treatment Type: Lifestyle Products

Rated for: Boxer

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Easy to use
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Probably one of the most effective tools in the pet owner tool box




Salisbury, North Carolina, United States

Posted Jan. 20, 2019

Ahh the dreaded cone of shame. Probably one of the most hated inventions in the veterinary world by both pet owners and pets alike. And yet one of the cheapest, most effective tools to have on hand during times of injury, surgery, etc.

The unfortunate truth is that your pet likely doesn't understand that licking or chewing at a wound on his/her foot pad is going to cause damage to the tissue and delay healing. Of course that is why your veterinary professional is going to recommend an elizabethean collar to keep your pet from licking or chewing at a wound.

The cone helps prevent further trauma to the tissue and increases healing time. Of course there is a bit of a learning curve for your pet when first using the cone and most do not love the hard plastic collars on their head. There are other options on the market now such as softer e-collars, leather-based e-collars and so-called zen collars that look like an inflatable donuts.

Some of these options could be more comfortable for your pet but may not keep your pet from messing with a wound. Some pets may not be as prone to messing with a wound as other pets and some people may think that they can just keep an eye on their pet. But the fact is, you can't be with your pet every single second of every day and it only takes a moment of not paying attention for your pet to cause further damage.

Too many times I have seen my patients come back into the clinic following a surgery or wound repair because they have caused further damage to themselves because they were not wearing the cone. This in turns becomes an additional financial burden to the pet owner and causes unnecessary additional stress to your pet.

Honestly, it's just much safer to suck it up and use the e-collar and give your pet the time that he/she needs to heal uninterrupted.

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