The Modern E Collar
Much Kinder Alternatives To The Old Dog Cone!
Shh...don't say e collar around your dog or they will probably run and hide.
At one time or another your dog has probably had to wear an e-collar or what is also known
as an Elizabethan collar or simply a dog cone.
While a few dogs adjust to the e collar without too much fuss, the majority get very
glum and don't enjoy the
experience at all. This is especially true if the collar was provided
by your vet and was one of the stiffer, sharper-edged older varieties.
Happily, for your dog, things have gotten better in the Elizabethan collar department.
Cone Collar History
The e-collar got its name from a distinctive style of collar worn by people of nobility
during Elizabethan times. These collars were stiffly designed and extended quite high and
close to the head and often had several layers or ruffles, They made moving the head
side-to-side or up and down quite a challenge.
Fast forward to a point where some pet-oriented individual, thinking outside of the box,
connected this style with a practical use, and the e-collar was born.
Since that time many dogs have unhappily, though necessarily, had to suffer the
embarassment of wearing a "cone of shame" as these devices, that look like lampshades, are
E-collars are so depressing to some animals that they go off their food - heck many of the
collars make it hard to get to the food, much less enjoy it!
Add to that the discomfort of a pet trying to take a nap while wearing one, or navigating
around the house visually impaired trying to avoid bumping into things. It's easy to
understand that a pet could become quite miserable.
E Collar Or Dog Cone - Why They Are Necessary
E-collars are very helpful and absolutely necessary in many situations, Dogs are often
tormented by hot spots
, or itchy
and can't stop licking or chewing at their
skin. Itchy skin problems may start when a pet becomes sensitive to something in the
environment, a grooming product, fleas
, or a food allergy. While trying to figure out the cause, an
e collar is helpful in preventing a pet's chewing from becoming habitual and potentially causing additional problems.
At other times, a pet may get in a fight and have an injury that must be protected from
excessive licking while it heals. This is also true when a dog is recovering from a
surgical procedure where the stitches should not be disturbed for a period of days.
E Collar Alternatives
Thankfully, we have discovered many other options that dog owners can consider when their
dog has a reason to wear a dog cone. Now a dog doesn't have to suffer one of those
old-style torture chambers and he'll be able to eat, sleep and walk about comfortably!
Many of the new styles hardly interfere at all with a dog's usual activities and
many look downright fashionable. And even the cone-shaped ones have been designed
with less weight and greater comfort.
When it comes to the selection of e collars, owners should take into consideration the size
and flexibility of their pet, plus the location of the target area needing protection.
For example, if the target area is on the paw of a front leg, some of the collars might
not work for certain sized dogs, while another type will do the trick.
So just consider how much of a barrier is needed to prevent your dog from being able to
reach and lick the target and then choose accordingly.
Also, if your dog is very visually oriented, he might prefer the transparent collars that
still allows him to have peripheral vision.
So, when your pet has to wear an e collar, especially for a lengthy period of time, try to
make it one that still let's him hold his head up without shame! The great thing about the
alternative elizabethan collars is that they are so much more comfortable than a lampshade!
Here are a few we found worthy of your consideration:
E Collar And Dog Cone Choices
While it's true that we wish our pets never had a reason to wear a dog cone, now we can at least make
the experience much easier for them when it's necessary for their health protection.
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